Media Reaction
Brussels – 13 February 2020

The European Parliament today (13 February) voted through a resolution pledging to support children exploited working in mica mines in Madagascar.

Letizia Polizzi, EU Advocacy Officer at Terre des Hommes, said:
“This resolution will be music to the ears of children both in Madagascar and across the world who have been forced to swap their classroom for a mica mine, field, factory or any other dangerous workplace. It sends a clear message from the Parliament to these children – ‘we have your back’.”

“The European Parliament must not waste the momentum generated by this vote. Children are relying on MEPs to practice what they have preached today.”

“MEPs can start by listening to working children when developing policies and using EU development resources to invest in the basic services in the world’s poorest countries which children benefit from most. The Parliament should also keep pushing the Commission to introduce mandatory EU rules forcing companies to check for and stamp out human rights violations in their supply chains.”

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Notes to editors

  • The recent Terre des Hommes report Child Labour in Madagascar’s Mica Sector lifts the lid on the scale of the issue. The report was released in November 2019 and uses first-hand research and testimony on the ground to show what life was like for children and their families working in the sector;
  • Free to use, high resolution photos of children working in the mica sector in Madagascar are available on request.

Picture: Children sift through debris for sheets of mica. ©Jan-Joseph Stok/Terre des Hommes