Today, 27 July 2016, the Lok Sabha, the Lower House of the Indian Parliament, passed the Child Labour Bill. While this piece of legislation contains some positive and necessary elements for the prevention and combat of child labor and trafficking, Nobel Peace Laureate and Founder of Global March against Child Labour, Kailash Satyarthi has identified several shortcomings in the new bill.
The need to continue the struggle against child labor is far from over and will require global action. In an effort to address these concerns, Kailash Sartyathi initiated Parliamentarians Without Borders for Children’s Rights (PWB). PWB convened on 8-9 July 2016, for their second meeting in The Hague to address issues of child labor and trafficking and education as a way to prevent crimes and abuse perpetrated against children.
During this meeting, Hague Institute experts presented their work to Parliamentarians representing over 15 African, Asian, European and Middle Eastern countries. Researcher Agnese Macaluso presented ideas on investing in education as a way to prevent violent radicalization and the implications of SDG 4. Dr. Jill Coster van Voorhout advised on legislative reform and public-private partnerships intended to prevent and combat human trafficking under SDG 8.7.
The declaration, which concluded during the second meeting of PWB, will be available in September 2016. The outcome document will also incorporate anti-human trafficking efforts in the context of the Institute’s three-year research project ACT: Accountability and Civic Trust and it will feed into The Hague Institute’s ongoing research on education and conflict prevention.