Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Lebanon

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Lebanon
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2020, Lebanon made minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. During the reporting year, the Internal Security Forces reported conducting two training sessions, one for social violence and child labor and a separate training for junior officers who will be in charge of judicial investigations in regional units. However, children in Lebanon are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in construction and in forced labor in agriculture, sometimes as a result of human trafficking. Children also engage in child labor in the production of potatoes and tobacco. Laws related to forced labor do not meet international standards as there is no legislative provision that provides criminal penalties for forced labor, and debt bondage is not criminally prohibited. Furthermore, the Ministry of Labor’s budget was unable to cover equipment, personnel, and transportation costs to conduct inspections. In addition, labor inspectors do not have the authority to inspect informal workplaces, in which child labor in Lebanon is most prominent, and programs targeting child labor remained insufficient to fully address the extent of the problem.

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