Implementing Laws Against Child Labor: A Case Study of Pakistan

40 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2011

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Dr. Asif Khan

NUST; University of Malakand; University ofSalzburg; Bahria University - Bahria University, Islamabad

Date Written: August 3, 2011


Child Labor is always related to the violation of the basic rights of children. However, every work that children indulge in cannot be categorized as child labor. This article assesses the International norms regarding child labor after understanding the notion of child labor. The article aims to highlight the socio-economic issues responsible for the profusion of child labor in a society. The exploitation of children at work is thus a major problem for human rights activists. Eradicating child labor is only possible with economic upheaval of a society, thus keeping a check on the rights of working children is should be a priority. The ILO conventions help in building up this approach towards child labor. This article thus analyzes the different approaches towards child labor eradication and the prominent hurdles in implementing international and national norms against child labor. A case study of assessing hurdles in laws implementation is done in Pakistan. Pakistan is an economically developing state, that is why the cases of children indulging in health hazard work is prominent. The actions taken for helping the working children is thereby assessed.

Keywords: child labor, human rights, Pakistan, implementing laws, ILO, CRC, child rights

Suggested Citation

Khan, Asif, Implementing Laws Against Child Labor: A Case Study of Pakistan (August 3, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

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