Sign up | Log in



Home  >>   Daily News  >>   Cambodia News  >>   Labor  >>   Child labor issue in Cambodia
NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs     3 November  2011

Child labor issue in Cambodia

Labor legislation in Cambodia is so weak and so often ignored that half  of Cambodia’s children between the ages of seven and 14 participate in the workforce, the world’s largest federation of unions has told the World Trade Organisation General Council in Geneva.

Children, women and ethnic and indigenous minorities suffer the most under the Kingdom’s “corrupt” enforcement of labor law, according to the International Trade Union Confederation, which has 150 million members.

Yesterday it presented its report detailing how Cambodia falls short of international labor standards, along with a list of recommendations to the WTO, which is conducting a trade policy review of Cambodia concluding tomorrow.

“Poor compliance with international labor standards, especially with regard to trade-union rights, child labor and forced labor” form the key criticisms of the Kingdom’s employment environment.

“About 52 percent of children aged between seven and 14, a figure that stands for over 1.4 million children in absolute terms, performed work in economic activities,” the report says.

Seven out of every 10 child workers between the ages of five and 17 work in the agricultural sector. “Children work with dangerous pesticides and chemicals in agriculture and often with dangerous machinery in industrial production,” the ITUC's report says.

“The scope of the Labor Law does not cover all working children, and the law is not adequately enforced in practice,” it says.

ITUC director of social policy James Howard told the Post neglect of child labor  issues was not only abuse of children but would hurt the  economy.

“In the end, there will be uneducated youths who will not be able to make a serious contribution to the [economy],” he said from Geneva.

Cambodia’s Labor Law was drafted in 1997. There have been murmurs of an updated law being drafted, but this lengthy process has yet to come to fruition.

Reach Southeast Asia!
10- Nations, 560- Million Consumers
And $1 -Trillion Market
We are the Voice of Southeast Asia Media Kit
The only Media Dedicated to Southeast Asia Advertising Rates for Magazine
  Online Ad Rates

Comment on this Article. Send them to

Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below




1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code

Today's  Stories    2  November  2011 Subsribe Now !
• Academics call for stronger Asean secretariat  Subcribe: Asean Affairs Global Magazine
• Cambodia credit rating drops  Asean Affairs Premium

• Flooding hits Jakarta

Research Reports
on Thailand 2007-2008

•Textiles and Garments Industry

•Coffee industry

•Leather and footwear industry

•Shrimp industry

• Government –insurgent standoff in Philippines 

• Bangkok on flood alert
Flood Relief Operations Command daily report  
• High tides in Vietnam



Asean Analysis              1 November   2011

Advertise Your Brand
• Asean Analysis-November 1 Sponsor Our Events

Asean Stock Watch      November  2011

• Asean Stock Watch-November 2 p

ASEAN NEWS UPDATES      Updated: 04 January 2011

 • Women Shariah scholars see gender gap closing
• Bank Indonesia may hold key rate as inflation hits 7 percent

• Bursa Malaysia to revamp business rules
• Private property prices hit new high in Singapore • Bangkok moves on mass transport
• Thai retailers are upbeat
• Rice exports likely to decline • Vietnamese PM projects 10-year socioeconomic plan


This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More


Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

Our Products | Work with us | Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Shipping/Delivery Policy | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2007-2015 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand