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Today, Saturday (September 2, 2023), social researcher Faleh Al-Quraishi warned of the danger of children being preoccupied with work from a young age.
Al-Quraishi said, to "Baghdad Today", that "there is a great danger in children's preoccupation with work since their childhood, which affects their childhood, their future and their way of thinking. ".
He stressed the need for strict oversight by the specialized committees in the Ministry of Labor, in order to end the phenomenon of child labor, which has begun to spread widely in various Iraqi cities, especially since these children work in very difficult professions and with some people who treat them harshly, and this pushes the child Transforming into a harmful person in society during the future, and this causes many and great social disasters.
Calls to criminalize child labor
From time to time, calls emerge to criminalize child labor in Iraq. The Parliamentary Human Rights Committee, last March, called for the criminalization of child labor in Iraq, calling for a governmental and parliamentary stance to stop the exploitation of children in hard labor through binding decisions.
"The exploitation of child labor in Iraq is a cause for concern, and this matter must stop," said Qusai Abbas, deputy head of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee, in a press statement followed by "Baghdad Today," stressing the need to "criminalize those who exploit child labor."
He pointed out that "the exploitation of children in labor is a flagrant violation of the right of childhood, and the executive authorities must take legal action against all those who exploit children in labor, especially hard work that is not appropriate to their age."
He stressed that "the file of child labor needs to be dealt with legally in Iraqi legislation to reduce this phenomenon that is widespread in the street in light of the existence of poverty and violations by some children's families of their rights and lack of attention to them, leaving them at intersections and exposing them to danger."
Two poor children out of every 5 children
According to the latest UNICEF statistics, a third of Iraqi children are going through difficult economic conditions that put them in front of the requirements of work to support their families, and show that Iraqi children are facing the highest increase in poverty rates, as there are two poor children out of every 5 children.
In March 2021, the Council of Ministers voted on a draft child protection law submitted by the Ministry of Labor and referred it to Parliament.