Edited by Janice R. Bellace and Beryl ter Haar
Chapter 14: Freedom from child labour: a fundamental right
The chapter provides an historical perspective on the development of international instruments on child labour. It shows how and why the prohibition of child labour gradually spread across industries and different regions of the world, beginning with the setting of minimum age laws and culminating in the recognition of freedom from child labour as a human right. It offers conceptual clarity on what is, and what is not, considered to be child labour, according to the fundamental international labour standards. While recognising the impressive inroads that have been made in the prevention and reduction of child labor worldwide, largely through holistic multiparty action at national and community levels, it makes a case for the business community to step up its contribution to the elimination of child labour in a more effective way.
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