Ministry calls into question NGO report on child labor

3. Child Labor
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AMMAN — Secretary-General of the Ministry of Labor Faruq Al-Hadidi said on Saturday that the ministry has “significant reservations” about figures released by the NGO Workers’ House on child labor in the Kingdom, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

The figures “were not based on a government source”, Hadidi said, adding that the ministry had not been consulted for the study.

On Saturday, the Workers’ House issued a report on World Human Rights Day, celebrated around the world on December 10 each year; it is the day when, in 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The report urged development of policies to reduce poverty and improve the social conditions of families with working children. It estimated the number of working children in the Kingdom at over 100,000, 45,000 of them in occupations deemed hazardous; before the COVID-19 pandemic nearly 76,000 children were found to be working.

Hadidi said that the Ministry of Labor has requested a new survey of child labor in Jordan to provide information about “the actual figures”.

“It is not possible to rely on figures released without statistical surveys,” he said, adding: “The indicators that we have do not correspond to the indicators found in the (Worker’s House) study.”

The last such survey was conducted in 2016, he said, noting that the Department of Statistics is the official entity mandated to issue economic and social reports.

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