FM apprises UN Special Rapporteur on Sri Lanka’s progress in eradicating child labor

FM apprises UN Special Rapporteur on Sri Lanka’s progress in eradicating child labor

Wed, Dec 1, 2021, 11:17 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 01, Colombo: The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery including its causes and consequences Tomoya Obokata, who is currently undertaking a visit to Sri Lanka at the invitation of the Government of Sri Lanka, called on Foreign Minister Prof. G.L Peiris on Friday, 26 November, at the Foreign Ministry.

The mandate of the Special Rapporteur includes but is not limited to issues such as: traditional slavery, debt bondage, forced labor, children in slavery and slavery-like conditions, sexual slavery, forced and early marriages as well as issues faced by migrant workers and foreign labor.

During the meeting, the Foreign Minister discussed Sri Lanka’s progress related to labor welfare and the constructive steps taken by the government to eradicate child labor. He also elaborated on steps taken to bring our labor laws in line with international standards in a number of areas including child labor, migrant workers and debt bondage. The Special Rapporteur commended Sri Lanka on the progress made with regard to making Sri Lanka a ‘child labor free zone’.

The Foreign Minister outlined that Sri Lanka was conscious of protecting vulnerable labour groups and emphasized that Sri Lanka will continue to cooperate with the United Nations system. He stated that visits by Special Procedures Mandate Holders have been helpful in enhancing understanding of the specificities of Sri Lanka’s experiences in related fields as well as in improving domestic processes to be in line with our international commitment

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