Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Eritrea

Eritrea
2019 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

No Advancement – Efforts Made But Complicit in Forced Child Labor

In 2019, Eritrea is receiving an assessment of no advancement. Despite initiatives to address child labor, Eritrea is receiving an assessment of no advancement because it had a policy of being complicit in the use of forced child labor in more than isolated incidents. Government officials continued to force students in grade 12, some of whom are under the age of 18, to participate in military training elements of the government's compulsory national service program. Otherwise, the government made efforts by acceding to ILO Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labor and, for the first time, providing data on sectors targeted for inspection and the number of labor inspectors on its payroll. Children in Eritrea engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in forced military training associated with national service and forced agricultural labor. The government also has not issued a list identifying hazardous occupations and activities prohibited for children. In addition, the government does not have a mechanism to coordinate its efforts to address the worst forms of child labor.

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