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Azerbaijani Lawmakers Tighten Child Labor Law

Children in the capital, Baku (file photo)
Children in the capital, Baku (file photo)
BAKU -- The Azerbaijani parliament has voted to make it illegal to employ children under the age of 15 to work, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.

The legislation amends the labor code and will become law after it is signed by President Ilham Aliyev.

Parliament deputy Hadi Racabli said during the December 4 legislative session that anyone employing children would be punished under the new law.

Panah Huseyn, an opposition deputy, said there are some 2 million children in Azerbaijan who are not socially protected.

Meanwhile, Siyavush Novruzov of the ruling Yeni Azerbaijan (New Azerbaijan) party, told RFE/RL that the state is taking care of children and providing them with newly built schools.