Child Labor Is Defined By The International Labour Organization

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Child labor is defined by the International Labour Organization as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to their physical and mental development. This practice is a direct violation of a child’s freedom and basic human rights, which are stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Everyone has the right to life and to live in freedom and safety, no one has the right to treat you as a slave, no one has the right to hurt or to torture you, everyone has the right to go to school; these are just some of the universal human rights that child labor infringes upon. Though there is a Universal Declaration of Human Rights that has been created by the United Nations, with the wide variety of cultures present in the world it is hard to say that each and every one of these rights can and should be applied to each and every nation. Even considering this, it is still the belief of many including the Free the Children organization that despite the fact that child labor is an integral part of many cultures around the world due to differing circumstances such as socioeconomic statuses and/or differing cultural values, the practice of it is an universal violation of human rights and efforts should be made to put an end to it.
Child labor is an issue that has been present in almost all of human history, but reached new extremes especially during the era known as the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution, which…

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