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Rights and gender justice for Lao workers in Chinese banana plantations

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Labour rights, child rights and gender justice for Lao workers in Chinese banana plantations in Bokeo

This research study examines perspectives on labour rights, child rights and gender rights for Lao workers in Chinese banana plantations in Bokeo Province of northern Laos. In recent years commercial plantations have expanded to cover over 11,000 hectares in Bokeo, employing thousands of workers and their families, particularly from ethnic minorities.  The realisation of labour rights, child rights and gender justice for these workers is challenging due to a rapid turnover of the workforce, weak law enforcement and traditional gender norms in ethnic communities.
 
The research was funded by the European Union under a European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Grant.