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Child Labor Essay

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Status of Child Labor Practices and Minimum Age for Employment
The statutory minimum age for employment of children is 15 years, although children between the ages of 13 and 15 years may work in certain jobs outside of school hours. The law restricts employment of those under the age of 18, for example, by prohibiting night shift or overtime work.

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Youth (15-24 years) literacy rate (%) 2008-2012*, male 99.6
Youth (15-24 years) literacy rate (%) 2008-2012*, female 99.7
Number per 100 population 2012, mobile phones 103.4
Number per 100 population 2012, Internet users 74
Pre-primary school participation, Gross enrolment ratio (%) 2008 -2012*, male 86.7
Pre-primary school participation, Gross enrolment ratio (%) 2008
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During the years leading up to World War II, economic, trade and cultural relations between Latvia and the U.S. flourished, and the two countries consolidated their diplomatic relations, signing several bilateral agreements.

In response to the Soviet Union’s illegal occupation of the three Baltic countries in June 1940, U.S. Under Secretary of State Sumner Wells issued a strongly worded declaration on July 23, 1940, which set the course of U.S.-Baltic relations for the next fifty years – namely, the United States’ steadfast refusal to recognize the Soviet annexation of the Baltic countries.

The U.S.-based diplomatic representatives of the Baltic countries continued to enjoy full diplomatic recognition by the United States until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, at which point the U.S. officially recognized the governments of the again independent Baltic countries. Notably, the Legation of Latvia in Washington was the only Latvian foreign mission that functioned continually throughout the years of Soviet occupation, thereby reminding the international community of the Latvian Government’s continued de jure legal existence.

As Latvia’s pro-independence movement gained momentum in the late 1980s, the U.S. State Department cooperated closely with Latvia’s diplomatic representatives in Washington, leading to the first unofficial contacts between the U.S. and Latvia’s transitional government in 1990. Latvia formally regained
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