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Diaz Canel reaffirms childhoodprotectionin Cuba

Havana, June 12 –Cuban president Miguel Díaz- Canel reaffirmed today the protection of children in Cubaagainst any type of exploitation, a principle endorsed in the national legal system.

In his Twitter account, the president specified that the prohibition of child labor is one of the elements that govern the right to employment on the Caribbean island, and added that the State guarantees the protection of minors and their best interests, according to instruments and international commitments.

Regarding the World Day against Child Labor, the Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez, also ratified in that social network that of the 160 million children who perform some work, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), none are Cuban.

The Foreign Minister added that the high educational level of the population of the Cuban nation and the attention to the family, guarantee the safety of children in the country.

Recently Unicef ​​and the International Labor Organization (ILO) issued a report in which they warned that cases of child labor increased by 8.4 million in the last four years, and currently there are 160 million infants who carry out some type of work activity.

The situation worsened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the document notes, and highlights that progress to eradicate the problem stalled for the first time in 20 years.

The text also highlights the increase in the number of children between the ages of five and 11 in a situation of child labor, which represents just over half of the total. (PL) (Photo: File)