Thursday, October 20, 2005

Child Labor and Human Rights

If, as Sen argues, the substantive basis of development is freedom, then eradicating the exploitation of children in the labor market is essential. Professor Burns Weston has just published a book calling for the eradication of abusive child labor.

In Child Labor and Human Rights, Professor Weston writes that "[l]arge though uncertain numbers [of children] toil in appalling conditions, are ruthlessly exploited to perform dangerous jobs with little or no pay, and thus are made often to suffer severe physical and emotional abuse."

The book's seventeen chapters, written by various experts, comprehensively cover the many aspects of child labor. Three chapters present case studies of child labor in Tanzania, the Philippines, and Brazil. The final chapter sets forth the "Contributor's Consensus," which provides "guiding principles and a call to action that take the human rights of working children seriously."

The book is published by Lynne Rienner Publishers.

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