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Urgent Action Needed to Help Millions of Children Forced into Work Each Year

Click to expand Image Hazrat Hussain, 10, loads bricks onto a…
Hazrat Hussain, 10, loads bricks onto a truck. Hazrat doesn’t go to school and works alongside his two teenage brothers at a brick kiln outside Kabul.
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Summary Yes, [the child workers] complain of pain, but what can they do? The kids are here to make a living. They bear all the pain to do all the work. –Sher Khan, brick kiln manager, Kabul, September 2015 At least a quarter of Afghan children…
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Unenforced Law Puts Thousands at Risk of Injury, Death

(New York) – The Afghan government is failing to protect tens of thousands of children, some as young as 5, from hazardous conditions in the workplace, in violation of Afghanistan’s labor laws.
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Helal, 10, works as a brick maker at a brick kiln outside Kabul. He told Human Rights Watch that the brick mold is heavy and his hands hurt working with wet clay. Helal doesn’t go to school because he has to work.
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In Afghanistan, tens of thousands of children work dangerous jobs in the country's carpet industry; as bonded labor in brick kilns; and as metal workers. 
 
 Extreme poverty often drives Afghan children into hazardous labor. Afghanistan remains…
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“If I looked nice, he hit me,” Ana L., a mother of five in Colombia, told me. Ana (not her real name) detailed years of abuse by her partner. He beat her when she was pregnant, and hit her head so hard that she suffered permanent vision damage. She sought…
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Better Safeguards Needed for Children who Arrive in Europe Alone

(Brussels) - The European Union Justice and Home Affairs Council conclusions on unaccompanied migrant children focus too much on how to send them back to their countries of origin and too little on how to guarantee their safety, Human Rights Watch said…
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The Bush administration is quietly carrying on a major new trade negotiation with Central America that could show -- contrary to the notion that globalization hurts workers -- how international trade deals can increase respect for labor rights. But the…
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Recent attacks on minorities documented

(New York) -- Human Rights Watch warned today that the potential for ethnic violence in Afghanistan is likely to rise as armed conflict between the country's warring factions escalates. In north-central Afghanistan, ethnic Hazaras have been repeated…