Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports

West Bank and the Gaza Strip

West Bank and the Gaza Strip
2020 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor:

Minimal Advancement

In 2020, the Palestinian Authority made minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor in the areas of the West Bank under its control. The Ministry of Social Development conducted an inspection campaign in Nablus aimed at stemming child labor. The Palestinian Authority also cooperated with the United Nations Children's Fund to reach 11,900 Palestinian children with psychosocial support, provide 3,496 tablets pre-loaded with educational materials, support the Ministry of Education in developing school safety protocols, and provide hygiene and cleaning supplies to 2,250 school premises. However, children in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are subjected to the worst forms of child labor, including in begging, sometimes as a result of human trafficking, and in illicit activities. Children also perform dangerous tasks in construction and fishing. The Palestinian Authority’s legal framework does not criminally prohibit all elements of child trafficking, and labor inspectors are not authorized to assess penalties. In addition, Palestinian Authority programs to prevent or eliminate child labor are insufficient.

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