2004 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor - Montserrat (territory of the United Kingdom)

There is limited information regarding the extent and nature of child labor and the quality and provision of education in non-independent countries and territories eligible for GSP, AGOA, and CBTPA benefits. These countries and territories generally are not eligible to become members of the ILO, so ILO Conventions 138 and 182 do not apply to any of them.[4357] Territories are subject to laws of the sovereign country.

Statistics on the number of working children under the age of 15 in Montserrat are unavailable.[4394] Information is also unavailable on the incidence and nature of child labor. However, the Foreign Office of the United Kingdom received no reports or complaints of child labor violations in 2004.[4395] The government has yet to establish an independent mechanism to review complaints from children concerning violations of their rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.[4396] Education is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16, and free up to the age of 17.[4397] Primary school enrollment and attendance rates are unavailable for Montserrat. The incidence of truancy and the number of drop-outs from school is increasing.[4398]

[4357] ILO official, electronic communication to USDOL official, January 31, 2002. Most of the areas covered in this summary report are considered by the ILO to be non-metropolitan territories and therefore, are ineligible to become members of the ILO. An ILO member can submit a declaration to the ILO requesting that these conventions apply to their non-metropolitan territories. See Constitution; available from http://www.ilo.org/public/english/about/iloconst.htm.


[4395] U.S. Department of State official.

[4396] Committee on the Rights of the Child, Concluding Observations.

[4397] U.S. Department of State official, electronic communication, March 16, 2004. See also Alex Ackie, Clerical Officer, Governor's Office, electronic communication to USDOL official, January 23, 2001.

[4398] Committee on the Rights of the Child, Concluding Observations.


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