Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

Lebanon

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Potatoes
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Tobacco
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Lebanon
2018 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Moderate Advancement

In 2018, Lebanon made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Ministry of Education and Higher Education adopted the Policy for the Protection of Students in the School Environment to protect children's right to education. The government also issued a new regulation for Syrian refugee children ages 15 to 17 that improves their access to education. In addition, the President launched a children's choir to raise awareness on child labor and empower former child laborers. However, children in Lebanon engage in the worst forms of child labor, including in construction and in forced labor in agriculture. Children also engage in child labor in the production of potatoes and tobacco. The Ministry of Labor’s budget was unable to cover equipment, personnel, and transport costs to conduct inspections, and labor inspectors do not have the authority to assess penalties. In addition, programs targeting child labor remained insufficient to fully address the extent of the problem.

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