SL pledges to cooperate with UN on labour issues
Sri Lanka has pledged to cooperate with the United Nations system to protect vulnerable labour groups.
The promise comes as the country is being appraised by the UN on the progress it has made with regard to making the country a ‘child labour free zone.’
UN special rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery Tomoya Obokata is in Sri Lanka on a seven-day visit to examine labour conditions in various sectors and industries.
“The Foreign Minister outlined that Sri Lanka was conscious of protecting vulnerable labour groups and emphasized that Sri Lanka will continue to cooperate with the United Nations system,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
“During the meeting, the Foreign Minister discussed Sri Lanka’s progress related to labour welfare and the constructive steps taken by the government to eradicate child labour,” it said.
“The Special Rapporteur commended Sri Lanka on the progress made with regard to making Sri Lanka a ‘child labour free zone’.”