Help fight child labour … to safeguard future

Ghanaians have been urged to invest their time in the fight against child labour and trafficking to safeguard the future.

Children, as a matter of interest, are the treasures and assets of every country hence the need to spend quality time to mould and shape them into responsible citizens.

The Deputy Director of Public Education at the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Mr. Mawuli Avutor, said this on Thursday in Accra on the commemoration of the Human Rights Day.

The day, which is commemorated on December 10 every year, was marked at the Kaneshie Market to sensitise the market women and customers on the dangers of child labour and child trafficking.

According to Mr. Avutor, child labour manifests itself in many forms including physical, mental and moral abuses which were prevalent in most sectors of work in Ghana.

Some of the sectors, he said were domestic work, commercial sex, ritual servitude, mining, quarrying, fishing and other agricultural areas.

He  stated that child labour in its worse form  was trafficking  which involves,  child trafficking,  harbouring  or transporting  children, through the use of violence, deception or coercion and  force.

Mr. Avutor explained that some of the children were trafficked and being forced into prostitution, armed robbery, drug peddling, and begging.

He  said child labour  and  child trafficking were serious  human rights violations  worldwide, adding  that Ghana  had  ratified key international  human rights instruments  and also passed  several laws  relating  to child labour.

He however noted that there were some gaps in the protection of children against child labour and its worst forms across the country which grossly affected the full realisation of their rights.

The National Information Officer at the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Accra, Ms Cynthia Prah said this year’s commemoration of Human Rights Day marked the beginning of a year-long celebration of 70 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Ms Prah said human right abuses did not end when the declaration was adopted, but help countless people to gain greater freedom and security.

“It has helped to prevent violations, obtain justice for wrongs and strengthen national and international human rights laws and safeguards,” she said.

She urged Ghanaians and leaders to stand up for human rights in the civil, political, economic, social and cultural aspects of their lives.

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