Lahore: Civil Society organisations working for promotion and protection of children’s rights in Punjab Friday reiterated their demand to put a ban on child domestic labour and termed it a modern form of slavery.
The demand was put forth during a provincial consultation titled ‘A way forward to prohibit child domestic labour in Punjab’ arranged by Search For Justice in collaboration with Labour and Human Resource Department and National Commission for Human Rights.
Search For Justice Executive Director and child rights activist Iftikhar Mubarik said that two major laws to deal with menace of child labour were enacted in 2016 by Punjab Assembly but enacted laws were not covering child domestic labour.
Mubarik also shared with the participants a UN committee report observations, recommending Pakistan to establish mechanisms for systfematic and regular monitoring of workplaces, where children are employed, in order to prevent ill-treatment, abuse and exploitation.
He said that the committee had also recommended Pakistan to develop programmes and mechanisms to identify and protect child victims of forced labour, particularly bonded labour as well as child labour in informal sector, including domestic work.
He further added that the UN Human Rights Committee had also recommended Pakistan to take all measures necessary to put an end to child labour through rigorous enforcement of laws on child labour and strengthening labour inspection mechanisms.
“During Universal Period Review (UPR) held on November 2017, Pakistan had accepted a key recommendation made by Republic of Korea asking Pakistan to strengthen monitoring of its domestic labour to eliminate practice of bonded labour and unlawful child labour,” he maintained.
All participants unanimously declared that abuse and exploitation of children as modern-day slaves could not be tolerated