Eritrea Ratifies ‘Worst Forms of Child Labour’ Convention

Eritrea has now ratified all 8 ILO fundamental Conventions

Eritrea is the 185th Member State to have ratified the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182)
Eritrea is the 185th Member State to have ratified Convention No. 182.

BY ILO

On 3 June 2019, the Government of Eritrea deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the “Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182)” , marking the ILO’s first centenary .

Eritrea has now ratified all 8 ILO fundamental Conventions, illustrating a positive development in the country’s path towards the full respect of fundamental rights at work.



Eritrea is the 185th Member State to have ratified Convention No. 182, which calls for the prohibition and the elimination of the worst forms of child labour, as a matter of urgency.

Ratification of Convention No. 182 represents a commitment by the Government to protect its children against the worst forms of child labour including slavery, forced labour and trafficking; the use of children in armed conflict; the use of a child for prostitution, pornography and in illicit activities and hazardous work.

Eritrea has already taken action to protect children against the worst forms of child labour with the adoption of the Penal Code of 2015 and the Labour Law Act No.188, which domesticate in the Eritrean national framework the legal prohibitions required by Convention No. 182.

Eritrea is joining forces globally to end child labour, forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking, with a view to attaining Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals , which calls for the prohibition of the worst forms of child labour, the eradication of forced labour, and by 2025, the end of child labour in all its forms.

This ratification is an important step forward towards universal ratification, as only two Member States remain to ratify Convention No. 182, and brings us closer to the coverage of all the world’s children by Convention No. 182.