India Committee of the Netherlands
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CHILD LABOUR & EDUCATION - DOSSIER ADVOCACY
2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006 - 2005 - 2004 - 2003 - 2002 - 2001 - 2000 - <2000
Feb 8, 2017:
Child Labour Due Diligence Law for companies adopted by Dutch Parliament (ICN)
On February 7, 2017 the Child Labour Due Diligence Law [‘Wet Zorgplicht Kinderarbeid’], initiated by member Van Laar (Labour Party), was adopted by the Dutch Parliament, with 82 votes (of 150 MPs) in favour. The parties CDA (Christian Democrats), VVD (People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy) and PVV (Party for Freedom) voted against. The law requires companies to examine whether child labour occurs in their production chain. If that is the case they should develop a plan of action to combat child labour and draw up a declaration about their investigation and plan of action. That statement will be recorded in a public register by a yet to be designated public authority.
Jan 25, 2017:
Motion members Servaes (Labour Party) and Voordewind (ChristianUnion)
requesting the government to prepare 'legislation aimed at combating forced labour and modern slavery'
Jan 25, 2017:
Motion members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) en Servaes (Labour Party)
on the relationship of low wages, child labour and school dropouts in the garment industry of Bangladesh, in response to the report Branded Childhood
Jan 16, 2017:
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by Members Van Laar (Labour Party), Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Dijkgraaf (Reformed Political Party) :
(subm. Dec 28, 2016) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation on (child) slavery in South Indian spinning mills producing yarn for Western clothing brands
Dec 28, 2016:
Parliamentary Questions by Members Van Laar (Labour Party), Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Dijkgraaf (Reformed Political Party) :
to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation on (child) slavery in South Indian spinning mills producing yarn for Western clothing brands
Jul 7, 2016:
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by Members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Van Laar (Labour Party) :
(subm. Jun 14, 2016) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on the objective of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to eradicate the worst forms of child labour by 2016 at the latest
Jun 27, 2016:
Stop Child Labour welcomes promised EU action against child labour (Stop Child Labour):
The Council of the European Union – all 28 member states together – on the 20th of June published its conclusions on child labour and called for a joint approach to tackle all forms of child labour.
May 10, 2016:
Answers to Questions European Parliament :
(subm. Feb 18, 2016) to the European Commission on child and exploitative labour in gold and cobalt mining
Dec 3, 2015:
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by Members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Van Laar (Labour Party) :
(subm. Nov 23, 2015) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and the Minister of Foreign Affairs on child labour in gold mining for the electronics sector
Nov 26, 2015:
Parliamentary Questions by Members Van Laar (Labour Party) and Voordewind (ChristianUnion) :
to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on child labour and low wages in Dutch and in the Netherlands operating seed companies active in India
Nov 23, 2015:
Parliamentary Questions by Members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Van Laar (Labour Party) :
to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and the Minister of Foreign Affairs on child labour in gold mining for the electronics sector
Sep 11, 2015:
Answers to Dutch Parliamentary Questions by member Van Laar (Labour Party) :
(subm. Jul 29, 2015) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation about half a million children working in the cotton seed production
Jun 11, 2015:
Say Goodbye to Child Labour: Manual Stepping Stones for Child Labour Free Zones presented to Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (Stop Child Labour):
Ahead of the International Day against Child Labour on 12 June, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, has today been presented the manual 5 x 5 Stepping Stones for creating Child Labour Free Zones authored by the Stop Child Labour coalition.
Jun 4, 2015:
Answers to Dutch Parliamentary Questions by members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Van Laar (Labour Party) :
(subm. May 19, 2015) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Housing and the Civil Services on slavery and child labour in quarries
May 19, 2015:
Parliamentary Questions by members Voordewind (ChristianUnion) and Van Laar (Labour Party) :
to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Housing and the Civil Services on slavery and child labour in quarries
May 4, 2015:
Answers to Dutch Parliamentary Questions by members Voordewind (ChristianUnion), Van der Staaij (Political Reformed Party) and Van Laar (Labour Party) :
(subm. Apr 20, 2015) to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation on modern slavery and child labour in the garment industry in India
2014
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Nov 14, 2014:
Answers to Dutch Parliamentary Questions by member Voordewind (ChristianUnion) :
(subm. Oct 31, 2014) to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development and the Minister of Foreign Affairs about the report Flawed Fabrics on modern slavery and child labour in the production chain of clothing brands
Oct 31, 2014:
Dutch Parliamentary Questions by member Voordewind (ChristianUnion) :
to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development and the Minister of Foreign Affairs about the report Flawed Fabrics on modern slavery and child labour in the production chain of clothing brands
Jul 8, 2014:
Answers to Dutch Parliamentary Questions by members Voordewind (ChristianUnion), Gesthuizen (Socialist Party) and Van Laar (Labour Party) :
(subm. Jun 16, 2014) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development on a new study on large-scale child labour and other violations of labour rights in the Turkish hazelnut production
Jun 24, 2014:
Answers to Parliamentary Questions by members Voordewind (ChristianUnion), Gesthuizen (Socialist Party), Van der Staaij (Reformed Political Party) and Van Ojik (GreenLeft) :
(subm. May 28, 2014) on garment companies who give no insight in how they deal with bonded (child) labour in India
Jun 16, 2014:
Dutch Parliamentary Questions by members Voordewind (ChristianUnion), Gesthuizen (Socialist Party) and Van Laar (Labour Party) :
to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development on a new study on large-scale child labour and other violations of labour rights in the Turkish hazelnut production
May 28, 2014:
Dutch Parliamentary Questions by members Voordewind (ChristianUnion), Gesthuizen (Socialist Party), Van der Staaij (Reformed Political Party) and Van Ojik (GreenLeft) :
to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on garment companies who provide no insight into their approach
Apr 7, 2014:
Answers to Written Questions European Parliament to the European Commission :
(subm. Feb 19, 2014 by MEPs Peter van Dalen and Dennis de Jong) about the report Tainted Carpets - Slavery and Child Labor in India's Hand-Made Carpet Sector
Mar 3, 2014:
Answers to Parliamentary questions Voordewind (ChristianUnion) :
(subm. Dec 23, 2013) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on the report Working on the Right Shoes
Feb 19, 2014:
Written Questions by MEPs Peter van Dalen and Dennis de Jong to the European Commission :
about the report Tainted Carpets - Slavery and Child Labor in India's Hand-Made Carpet Sector
2013
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Aug 8, 2013:
Dutch Minister Ploumen: Eradicate child labour and low wages in Indian seed sector 'as soon as possible' (Stop Child Labour):
The Dutch government wants child labour and low wages in the seed production in India "to be eliminated as soon as possible". That is what Dutch Minister Ploumen of Trade and Development Co-operation answered in response to parliamentary questions from Members of Parliament ChristianUnion, Party for the Animals, Socialist Party and 50Plus. She made an agreement on that with the Dutch seed companies Bejo Seeds and Nunhems, as well as with trade association Plantum. The India Committee of the Netherlands and the Stop Child Labour campaign welcome this agreement. Minister Ploumen will visit India beginning of September. CSR will be an important part of her mission.
Apr 25, 2012:
Motion Dutch Parliament :
on full supply-chain transparency and the eradication of child labour in the textile chain
Mar 13, 2012:
Answers to Questions of Member Voordewind (ChristianUnion) :
(submitted Jan 16, 2012) to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation about child labour and the position of Dalits in India.



Nov 23, 2011:
Answers to parliamentary questions by ChristianUnion :
(submitted Oct 31, 2011) on child labour and the position of Dalits in India
Oct 31, 2011:
Parliamentary questions by ChristianUnion :
on child labour and the position of Dalits in India
Sep 20, 2011:
Caste-based slavery in the mining sector highlighted in UN debate (IDSN):
The UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery noted with concern that children from marginalised groups, including tribal and lower caste communities, are “doubly vulnerable to abuses” in the mining sector.
Jun 24, 2011:
Exploitation in Indian clothing industry: Politicians and the business community see the need to tackle the clothing industry (SOMO):
The report 'Captured by Cotton' by SOMO and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) was recently published, looking at South Indian girls and young women who are making our clothing in wretched conditions. This evoked responses from businesses and politicians, and was given a great deal of media coverage. For example, Ferrier (Member of Parliament, CDA) asked Minister Bleker what he was going to do about it. Bleker promised to address the issue during his trade mission to India, and to initiate discussions with C&A. The Fair Wear Foundation and the Dutch textile sector expressed their intention to tackle, and continue to tackle, this situation. Furthermore, various companies have acknowledged the issue and are working together with interested parties on an improvement plan. SOMO and LIW will be following up on concrete developments in this area.
Dec 4, 2005:
European Commission cottons on child labour (The Times of India):
Working 13 hours a day under the blazing sun for a measly Rs 25-30 a day is no child's play.



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Feb 13, 2014: Questions Dutch Parliament on major abuses in carpet industry India

Aug 8, 2013: Answers to Parliamentary questions ChristianUnion, Party for the Animals, 50Plus and Socialist Party (subm. Jul 15, 2013) to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on child labour and low wages in Dutch seed companies in India

Jul 15, 2013: Parliamentary questions ChristianUnion, Party for the Animals, 50Plus and Socialist Party to the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation on child labour and low wages in Dutch seed companies in India

Mar 14, 2013: Answer to Question Oomen-Ruijten, Berman et al. to European Commission (subm. Jan 21, 2013) on child labour and shoe production - follow-up

Jan 21, 2013: Question Oomen-Ruijten, Berman et al. to European Commission on child labour and shoe production - follow-up

Oct 25, 2012: Letter Stop Child Labour to footwear companies

Oct 9, 2012: Questions to the President of the European Council by EP Peter van Dalen (Christian Union) on bonded (child) labour of Dalit girls in garment production in EU-based companies (follow-up to questions Jun 14, 2012)

Sep 12, 2012: Answer to Parliamentary Question Oomen-Ruijten, Berman et al. (subm. Jul 25, 2012) on child labour and shoe production

Aug 8, 2012: Answers to Questions in European Parliament (subm. Aug 8, 2012) on bonded (child) labour of Dalit girls in garment production of EU-based companies

 
‘Against All Odds’
(YouTube)

The MV Foundation helps Indian parents to get their children from work into school.

Jun 14, 2012: Questions in European Parliament on bonded (child) labour of Dalit girls in garment production of EU-based companies

May 10, 2012: Answers to Written questions Member of European Parliament Thijs Berman (PvdA) to European Commission (submitted Feb 20, 2012) on bricks industry in Afghanistan

Mar 25, 2012: Motion Dutch Parliament on full supply-chain transparency and the eradication of child labour in the textile chain

Mar 13, 2012: Answers to Questions of Member Voordewind (ChristianUnion) (submitted Jan 16, 2012) to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation about child labour and the position of Dalits in India.

Feb 1, 2012: Answer to Written question Members of European Parliament Thijs Berman and Emine Bozkurt (S&D) to European Commission (submitted Nov 11, 2011) on child labour in Turkey

Jan 20, 2012: Motions and questions in Dutch Parliament on Dalits, child labour, EU-India free agreement, role of UN etc. [REVIEW].

Nov 23, 2011: Answers to Questions in Dutch Parliament on child labour and the position of Dalits in India.

Oct 31, 2011: Questions in Dutch Parliament on child labour and the position of Dalits in India.

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Nov 18, 2010: Letter European Commissioner Stefan Füle to Member of European Parliament Emine Bozkurt (S&D) on child labour in Turkey

Nov 3, 2010: Written questions European Parliament on child labour in Turkey

Sep 2, 2010: Answers to questions in European Parliament by Peter van Dalen (ChristianUnion) on child labour in India

Aug 31, 2010: Answers to questions in European Parliament by Peter van Dalen (ChristianUnion) on speech EU-commissioner Ashton in India

Jun 30, 2010: Open letter to the ILO on child and exploited adult labour in the Indian seed industry

Jun 21, 2010: Questions in Dutch Parliament by Gesthuizen (SP) and Voordewind (ChristianUnion) on the involvement of Advanta and Bejo Zaden in child labour in India

Jun 21, 2010: Questions in European Parliament by Peter van Dalen (ChristianUnion) on child labour in India

Jun 14, 2010: Council conclusions on child labour (ICN/Stop Child Labour)

Apr 7, 2010: Seven reasons why the world should: Eradicate all child labour, get every child into school: background note to the petition for the Global Child Labour Conference 10-11 May 2010 (campaign Stop Child Labour)

Dec 2009: Roundtable on The Elimination of Child Labour: Creating Child Labour Free Sectors, European Parliament, Dec. 2009 (campaign Stop Child Labour)

Sep 29, 2009: 'What role can the European Parliament play? - Lunchtime meeting on The Elimination of Child Labour (campaign Stop Child Labour)

Nov 2008: Motions adopted by the Dutch Parliament on the elimination of child labour and the implementation of other fundamental labour rights between November 2007 and November 2008.

Sep 2, 2008: European Parliament: Answer to written question by Thijs Berman and Richard Howitt on child labour.

Jun 2008: Child Labour, Trade Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility: What the European Union should do.

Nov 8, 2007: Motions by Member of EU Parliament Voordewind cs. concerning education and child labour in India.

Oct 2, 2007: Written questions of the Dutch Parliament to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Trade (Ministry of Economical Affairs) concerning child labour in India.

Sep 29, 2006: Letter campaign 'Stop Child Labour' to Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen concerning the India-EU Top in Helsinki.

Sep 22, 2006: Written questions to European Commission by Margrete Auken on Dalits and child labour as points of interest for the EU-India Summit.

Sep 5, 2006: Answers to questions by Jules Maaten (ALDE) to European Commission on child labour.

June 2006: Declaration of the Regional Conference "Alto al Trabajo Infantil, Sí a la Educación" ("Stop Child Labour, Yes to Education") (Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 21, 22 and 23 June 2006).

May 30, 2006: Seven reasons why the ILO should focus on all forms of child labour in its global action plan (campaign "Stop Child Labour - School is the best place to work).

May 16, 2006: Joint Statement on child labour by ICFTU, WCL, Global March and SCLC (Brussels, May 2006).

May 4, 2006: Statement by the Indian anti-child labour activist Shantha Sinha on the presentation of the ILO report "The end of child labour: within reach" (May 2006).

Jan 10, 2006: Answer to question Proinsias De Rossa (PSE) to European Commission about child labour and education.

Nov 28, 2005: Questions Van den Berg (PvdA) to European Commission on multinationals and child slavery.

Nov 7, 2005: Response of European Commission to the European Parliament resolution on the Exploitation of children in developing countries (with a special focus on child labour; Jul 5, 2005).

Nov 3, 2005: Answers to Questions of members Dutch parliament about the violation of the rights of adults and children by multinationals.

Mar 17, 2005: Recommendations to the European Parliament on the report 'Child Labour in Developing Countries'.

Oct 2004: India: economic boom masks widespread child labour (ICFTU report).

Jun 15, 2004: Brutal attack on Kailash Satyarthi during rescue of children in Great Roman Circus: Demand action from Indian government!.

May 11, 2004: Stop Child Labour - School is the Best Place to Work (speech at the First Children's World Congress on Child Labour, Florence).

May 2004: Children's Declaration: "We are the Present, Our Voice Is the Future!" (First Children's World Congress on Child Labour, Florence).

Mar 18-14, 2004: Childrens' rights expert lambasts lack of EU policy on child labour (European Voice).

Nov 2003: 
European Union: question and answer about ILO's International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour.
Jul 1, 2003: 
European Parliament debate on Child Labour.
Jul 2002: 
Labour Standards in the Sports Goods Industry in India - with special reference to Child Labour: A Case for Corporate Social Responsibility (for summary of this report, click here).
Feb 2002: 
Conference 'Combating Child Labour' (The Hague):
* Speech Eveline Herfkens (Dutch Minister of Development Cooperation) at Conference on Child Labour (Feb 25, 2002);
* Paper: Abolition of Child Labour through Compulsory Education;
* Conclusions of the conference.
Jun 2000: 
'The Dark Side of Football: Child and adult labour in India's football industry and the role of FIFA' (ICN report).
Mar 2000: 
Soccer is by far the most popular sport in Europe. But where the footballs come from is far less known: 'India doesn't produce 'fair footballs' yet' (India Nu 124, Mar-Apr 2000).
Oct 1999: 
Petition 'Education works better'.
Jul 1998: 
Elementary Education and Child Labour in India (Gerard Oonk, India Committee of the Netherlands).
1997: 
Position paper 'Sign Against Child Labour'.
Feb 1997: 
Speech of Minister Melkert of Social Affairs and Employment at the Child Labour Conference (Amsterdam) on the occasion of the presentation of 60.000 signatures for the campaign 'Sign Against Child Labour'.
Nov 1996: 
Child and adult labour in the export-oriented garment and gem polishing industry of India, with case studies from Tirupur, Bangalore, Jaipur and Trichy: study undertaken at the request of the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) and the South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude (SACCS), with the focus on child labour.

More information:

* A profile of the M. Venkatarangaiya Foundation (MV Foundation)
* A brief note of the MV Foundation's experiences in elimination of child labour through education
* Girl child labour and education (MV Foundation)
* Website of the MV Foundation
* The Teachers' Forum for Liberation of Child Labour (Bala Karmika Vimochana Vedika (BKVV))