The announcement of the government’s new strategy on child labour was made by Lambert Matuku Memas, Minister of State for Employment, Labour and Social Welfare.

This strategy responds directly to findings uncovered by Amnesty International and for the first time, they have acknowledged that children are working in artisanal cobalt mines.

Seema Joshi, head of Business and Human Rights at Amnesty International, said: “These are encouraging developments, but the key now is implementation. Previous government promises on tackling child labour have come to nothing. We’ll be watching very closely to ensure this latest commitment isn’t another false dawn for children in the DRC.”

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