End Child Labor in Gold Mines

Target: President of Mali, Dioncounda Traoré

Goal: Put an end to child mining labor in Mali

Information has recently been brought to light indicating the use of child labor in select gold mines in Mali. The government has been publicly questioned about this, and denied these allegations, but there is considerable evidence indicating otherwise.

In a recent article, Human Rights Watch outlined an investigation into the rumor.  Human Rights Watch stated that it, “conducted field research in artisinal gold mines in Kéniéba and Kolondiéba circles in 2011 and interviewed more than 150 people for its report.”  The report stated that, “Children between the ages of 6 and 17 told the organization how they dug pits, worked underground in unstable mines, carried and crushed heavy ore, and used toxic mercury to extract gold. Such work is hazardous and prohibited under international and Malian law.”

When publicly confronted with the proposed evidence, the Malian government denied the implication of the data. Yet, in 2011, the Malian government acknowledged the issue of child mining labor. Child labor in any capacity is a problem, especially when evident in an industry known for extremely dangerous working conditions.

The Malian government needs to realize that it cannot simply push aside important public inquiries through the means of political talking points. They cannot simply refrain from necessary investigative processes. They must own up to this allegation, and then allocate the means necessary for the elimination of child mining labor.

Sign below to show your support for these exploited children, and to demand that the Malian government take immediate steps towards the deconstruction of this callous institution.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Dioncounda Traoré,

Recently, your government has been publicly questioned regarding the presence of child labor in gold mines. Your government rejected the evidence provided, and refused to acknowledge the truth of the allegation. You need to own up to this assertion, and immediately work towards disabling child-mining labor.

Child labor is not only against international and Malian law, but is also immoral. Mining is one of the most dangerous professions in the world. The presence of children within this hazardous environment is egregious. Please put an end to it.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. joy catalan says:

    The exploitation of children in the conduct of hazardous labor is a big NO – this is like stealing their growing up years and denying them their treasured life.

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