Cuba Emphasizes Protection and Development of Children

Panama, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) Cuba stressed in Panama City on Thursday the protection it offers to children in order to ensure their full development and the rights they require for the integral growth of their personality.

Miriam Lau, Director of International Relations and Social Communication at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Cuba, told Prensa Latina that last year they participated in the world summit against child labour because her country has achievements which are not a result of recent times.

Since the triumph of the Revolution in 1959, the policies and programs implemented by the Revolution have all aimed – both in national legislation and in practice – at ensuring that there is no child labor in Cuba,’ she said during the 19th American Regional Meeting of the International Labor Organization (ILO), which is held until tomorrow in Panama’s capital.

She referred to the importance of children being in schools, having all the protection and rights they require for the integral development of their personality. As it is a set of factors and policies that are integrated, they are not only in the specific labor legislation.

Lau explained that labour legislation, which is as a principle the labour code, prohibits child labour and grants special protection up to the age of 18 to young people who exceptionally join the workforce.

We have integrated policies for vocational training and job placement, which guarantees young people access to work in dignified conditions,’ she said.

All over the world, 218 million children between 5 and 17 are engaged in economic production. Of these, 152 million are victims of child labour; and almost half are in hazardous child labour, according to ILO data.

In absolute terms, about 72 million are concentrated in Africa; over 62 in Asia and the Pacific; some 10.7 in the Americas; 1.1 in the Arab States; and 5.5 in Europe and Central Asia.

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