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Thursday, 13 February 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Child labour in mines in Madagascar

  Dita Charanzová, on behalf of the Renew Group. – Madam President, Madam Commissioner, 47% of Malagasy children aged 5 to 17 are working, instead of in school.

Not only are they deprived of an education but for many, they risk their lives on a daily basis in dangerous jobs such as mining. Every child has a right to an education, a right to a standard of living that supports their physical, mental, and social development. Child labour violates these rights.

The EU has committed to ending child labour by 2025, but this means five more years of suffering for millions of children in Madagascar and beyond, and many more lives lost and futures ruined.

Let’s put an end to child labour even sooner. Let’s do everything we can to support countries to accelerate their implementation of legislation and actions that will achieve this goal.

So the Renew Europe group says let’s put the commitments of the Commission into more meaningful action.

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