Onderstaand artikel is gepubliceerd in: HT Jaipur Live, 26-5-2002      

World Cup To Be Played With Football Made Out Of Child Labour?

Sunday, May 26, 2002

FOOTBALL MADE by child labour in the country will be used during World Cup soccer matches to be played in Korea and Japan. This is among several other facts brought to light by a report of Indian Committee of the Netherlands.

The report puts the number of children involved in making football in India at around 10,000 and says the practice is more prevalent in the State of Punjab.

Highlighting these at a press meet on Saturday, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) , a South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude, said it was involved in running a worldwide campaign to ensure that football sewn by these children are not used during the World Cup matches.

The aim was also to generate more awareness over the issue, it was pointed out.

Bachpan Bachao Andolan chairman Kailash Satyarthi said the campaign was building pressure on FIFA, football’s governing body, as well as the national football teams, to make the soccer championship the first international sporting event, free of child labour.

Satyarthi said that in 1998, FIFA had established a code of conduct to prohibit the use of child labour and provide decent working conditions and wages for adult workers in all FIFA licensed products.

But the code appeared to have been violated, with football and 170 other products manufactured by children, slated to be used during the forthcoming World Cup matches, Satyarthi alleged.

The Bachpan Bachao Andolan Chairman said that the campaign wanted that an independent inspection system involving trade unions and non-government organisations, be made operational in all countries where FIFA licensed goods have been sourced by companies manufacturing sports goods.





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