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Bricks from Afghanistan and Coltan and Cassiterite from DRC suspected of forced or child labour

On 3 April 2012, a final determination revised the list required by Executive Order 13126 (“Prohibition of Acquisition of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor”), in accordance with the “Procedural Guidelines for the Maintenance of the List of Products Requiring Federal Contractor Certification as to Forced or Indentured Child Labor Under 48 CFR Subpart 22.15 and E.O. 13126.”

The notice revised the list by adding three products, Bricks from Afghanistan and Cassiterite and Coltan from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, that the Departments of Labor, State and Homeland Security believe might have been mined, produced, or manufactured by forced or indentured child labour. With this final determination, the list is comprised of 31 products from 23 countries.

The EO is intended to ensure that federal agencies enforce laws relating to forced or indentured child labour in the procurement process. It requires the Department of Labor, in consultation with the Departments of State and Homeland Security, to publish and maintain a list of products, by country of origin, which the three Departments have a reasonable basis to believe, might have been mined, produced or manufactured by forced or indentured child labour. Under the procurement regulations implementing the Executive Order, federal contractors who supply products on a list published by the Department of Labor must certify that they have made a good faith effort to determine whether forced or indentured child labour was used to produce the items listed.

The US Department of Labor (US DOL) also publishes a list every year of goods produced by child labour or forced labour as required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2005. Currently, there are a total of 130 goods from 71 countries that the US DOL’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs has reason to believe are produced by forced labour or child labour in violation of international standards.


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