Guidelines finalized for child workers in fisheries sector

The government on Friday finalized guidelines aimed at reducing the number of children who work in the fisheries sector and do not attend school, the Min­istry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the NGO World Vision said in a statement. World Vision said the guidelines, which it helped create, are ready for approval by the Minis­try of Agriculture and the Minis­try of Labor. … Children, she said, should not be involved in fishing without a guardian, in the evenings when they are meant to be sleeping, or in deep waters. They should also not have to lift heavy materials. Be­sides the health risks, Ms. Ocha­villo said that by working in the fishing industry, many children are also deprived of education. … A 2012 study on child labor by the National Institute of Statistics, the Ministry of Planning and the International Labor Organization found one out of 10 children worked in a way that violates Cam­bodian laws or international conventions that Cambodia has ratified.

Denise Hruby