Numbers of child labourers down in Azerbaijan claims Ministry for labour

ILOAzerbaijan’s Deputy Minister for Labour and Social Protection Idris Isayev has reported this week an overall drop in the number of child labourers working in his country.

The announcement was made following cooperation with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) who are monitoring the number of children in the workplace in Europe, Central Asia and the Arabic States.

Azerbaijan has fairly lax employment laws compared to their European counterparts and a child in Azerbaijan can be legally employed from the age of 15. Numbers given to the ILO monitor the number of children legitimately employed, as well as estimates for the number of children who may be working illegally.

Deputy Minister Isayev also made it clear that children below the age of 18 are guaranteed special rights under Azerbaijani law and that the ILO should not be concerned over the number of minors currently in the country’s workforce.

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