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Hundreds of Iranians hold a march against child labor in Tehran

Tehran, June 13, IRNA -- Hundreds of people gathered in the Laleh Park downtown Tehran to demonstrate against the exploitation of minors on the World Day against Child Labor.

Member of the directorial board of the association for supporting working children Qasem Hosseini told IRNA that this was the first such event against the child labor in Iran.

Hosseini said the figures and statistics on the children at work are so high that the government can no longer ignore this great challenge.

The ralliers, most of them women and children, issued a resolution in condemnation of the child labor and the situation giving rise to the child labor.

The resolution called for providing employment assurance for the families of the working children.

It also called for speedy action by officials to prevent spread of child labor, measures to provide welfare to the families of working children and Iran's adherence to all the international treaties and documents against child labor.

The ralliers in their resolution called on the government to remove obstacles for education of children from all strata of the society.

The ralliers said civil society and the authorities should mobilize resources to more effectively fight this scourge.

A recent report by the International Labor Organization found that the treatment of child workers was a problem in different countries and many minors are dragged into begging on the streets.

The International Labor Organization has said earlier in the day that it would give free education to more than 30,000 children of third world countries.

The ILO had selected the children, all working in hazardous conditions, for a life-improvement program that will be managed by non-governmental organizations.

Some 5.8 million Bangladeshi children aged between five and 10 years old work in the agricultural sector and factories, while 1.2 million are domestic help, an ILO-backed survey conducted by the state-owned Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics found.

More than one million children are involved in "very hazardous jobs", usually in cigarette factories or on construction sites, it found.

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