May Day being observed today in Pakistan
Today is World Labour Day and it is a public holiday in Pakistan. However, oblivious of May Day, there are labourers who will be working today from morning to dusk, including little children who have to earn their livelihoods. They are not even aware of any written or unwritten law which provides them protection...at least on paper. Their will be rallies, seminars, television shows, but year after year little has happened to seriously implement and improve conditions or to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor, be it military governments or democratic ones.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted by the UN General Assembly on November 20, 1989. The scope of this convention that Pakistan ratified in 1990 extends to persons up to the age of 18.
Article 32 of CRC reads, “State Parties recognise the right of the child to be protected from economic exploitation and performing any work that is likely to be hazardous or to interfere with the child’s education, or to be harmful to the child’s health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development”.
Despite the presence of so many laws, the issue of child labour is still a major issue, which needs to be tackled on immediate basis. While almost everyone agrees that child labour cannot be overlooked, the issue is complex. The cycle of poverty and its implications must be addressed properly, so that families can find other means to survive.