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ICCPR Article 23.1 states:
1. The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
In this area the ICCPR overlaps substantially with the ICESCR. ICESCR Article 10 states:
- The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize that:
- Special protection should be accorded to mothers during a reasonable period before and after childbirth. During such period working mothers should be accorded paid leave or leave with adequate social security benefits.
- Special measures of protection and assistance should be taken on behalf of all children and young persons without any discrimination for reasons of parentage or other conditions. Children and young persons should be protected from economic and social exploitation. Their employment in work harmful to their morals or health or dangerous to life or likely to hamper their normal development should be punishable by law. States should also set age limits below which the paid employment of child labour should be prohibited and punishable by law.
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