Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Kyrgyz Republic

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Kyrgyz Republic
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement – Efforts Made but Continued Law and Practice that Delayed Advancement

In 2020, the Kyrgyz Republic made minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government ratified International Labor Organization P029, Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labor Convention, and drafted a National Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Persons for 2021–2024. However, despite new initiatives to address child labor, the Kyrgyz Republic is assessed as having made only minimal advancement because it continued to implement a law and practice that delays advancement in eliminating the worst forms of child labor. The government extended a 2019 moratorium on labor inspections until 2022. Although the government amended this moratorium in 2020 to permit labor inspections based on formal complaints, the Ministry of Economy must approve worksite visits associated with such inspections, and in practice, it announces these visits in advance. As a result, unannounced inspections remain severely restricted. Children in the Kyrgyz Republic are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in commercial sexual exploitation. Children also engage in child labor in agriculture. Protections to children granted in the Labor Code, such as the minimum age of employment, are not extended to children engaged in non-contractual employment, and research indicated that labor law enforcement efforts are not targeted to all sectors in which children are vulnerable to child labor, especially agriculture. In addition, the scope of social programs to combat child labor is insufficient to fully address the extent of the problem.

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