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close this bookAction Against Child Labour (ILO, 2000, 356 p.)
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Edited by Nelien Haspels and Michele Jankanish

International Labour Office Geneva

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Haspels, N.; Jankanish, M. (eds.)

Action against child labour

Geneva, International Labour Office, 2000

Child labour, role of ILO, IPEC, plan of action, government policy, developing country. 14.02.2
ISBN 92-2-110868-6

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