Torture in  [Kiribati]  [other countries]
Human Trafficking in  [Kiribati]  [other countries]
Street Children in  [Kiribati]  [other countries]
Child Prostitution in  [Kiribati]  [other countries]

Prevalence, Abuse & Exploitation of Street Children

In the early years of the 21st Century  -  2000 to 2010                     

Republic of Kiribati

A remote country of 33 scattered coral atolls, Kiribati has few natural resources and is one of the least developed Pacific Islands. Commercially viable phosphate deposits were exhausted at the time of independence from the UK in 1979. Copra and fish now represent the bulk of production and exports. The economy has fluctuated widely in recent years. Economic development is constrained by a shortage of skilled workers, weak infrastructure, and remoteness from international markets. Tourism provides more than one-fifth of GDP.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]


CAUTION:  The following links and accompanying text have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Kiribati.  Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated or even false.  No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.

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The Department of Labor’s 2005 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor [PDF]

U.S. Dept of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs, 2006

[accessed 28 November 2010]

INCIDENCE AND NATURE OF CHILD LABOR - Statistics on the number of working children under the age of 15 in Kiribati are not available. However, some school-aged children are reported to be out of school for reasons that are undocumented.

Education is free and compulsory for children ages 6 to 14. Basic education includes primary school for grades one through six, and Junior Secondary School for three additional grade levels. Recent primary school attendance statistics are not available for Kiribati. School quality and access to primary education are still challenges, particularly in the outer islands.

Human Rights Reports » 2006 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 6, 2007

[accessed 17 February 2011]

CHILDREN - Within its limited financial resources, the government made adequate expenditures for child welfare. Primary education is compulsory, free, and universal for children between the ages of six and 14 years. In practice the government did not enforce primary school attendance. According to the Department of Statistics, 93.5 percent of all school-age children attended primary school. Boys and girls had similar attendance rates. The approximately 40 percent of primary school graduates who pass a national examination qualify for three additional years of subsidized junior secondary and four years of subsidized senior secondary education; a small fee was charged to other students who wished to matriculate at these levels.

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 29 September 2006

[accessed 12 October 2012]

[62] The Committee is concerned at reports that a number of children are selling goods in the street and are homeless. In view of the economic difficulties faced in Kiribati, the Committee is concerned that there is no systematic, comprehensive strategy to provide these children with adequate assistance.

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Torture in  [Kiribati]  [other countries]
Human Trafficking in  [Kiribati]  [other countries]
Street Children in  [Kiribati]  [other countries]
Child Prostitution in  [Kiribati]  [other countries]