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09ASTANA172
2009-01-29 09:49:00
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Astana
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KAZAKHSTAN: COMMENTS ON DOL DRAFT LIST OF GOODS MADE WITH

Tags:  PGOV PHUM ELAB EAGR EIND ETRD SOCI KZ 
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UNCLAS ASTANA 000172 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR SCA/CEN, DRL/ILCSR MITTELHAUSER, G/TIP STEINER
DOL/ILAB FOR RACHEL RIGBY

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PHUM ELAB EAGR EIND ETRD SOCI KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: COMMENTS ON DOL DRAFT LIST OF GOODS MADE WITH
CHILD LABOR OR FORCED LABOR

REF: (A) STATE 1730
(B) 08 ASTANA 1028
(C) ASTANA 0148

UNCLAS ASTANA 000172

SIPDIS

STATE FOR SCA/CEN, DRL/ILCSR MITTELHAUSER, G/TIP STEINER
DOL/ILAB FOR RACHEL RIGBY

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PHUM ELAB EAGR EIND ETRD SOCI KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: COMMENTS ON DOL DRAFT LIST OF GOODS MADE WITH
CHILD LABOR OR FORCED LABOR

REF: (A) STATE 1730
(B) 08 ASTANA 1028
(C) ASTANA 0148


1. Per reftel A, this cable provides Embassy Astana's comments on
the Department of Labor's draft list of goods that are allegedly
produced by child labor or forced labor. DOL's findings on such
goods produced in Kazakhstan coincide with reports and studies post
has received from local and international NGOs that monitor the
issue in the country, as detailed in reftel B. Post has no means to
independently confirm the accuracy of these NGO reports and studies.
As also detailed in reftel B, the Kazakhstani government takes the
problem of child and forced labor very seriously. For example,
during 2005-07, the Ministry of Labor and NGOs, supported by
ILO-IPEX, completed a three-year "Regional Project on the Worst
Forms of Child Labor." In 2007, the government signed a two-year
agreement with national employer associations in which the parties
committed not to allow the use of forced labor and the worst forms
of child labor, and to actively work to eradicate these forms of
labor. In addition, the Ministry of Education's 2007-2011 "Children
of Kazakhstan" program includes specific elements to address child
labor issues.

HOAGLAND