UGF Reports

New Report on Using Forced Labor of Public Sector Employees in Uzbekistan
The international human rights organization, Solidarity Center, based on the research conducted by the Uzbek-German Forum on Human Rights (UGF) has published a report on wide use of forced labor of teachers, doctors, nurses, and other public sector employees in Uzbekistan. This report is based on interviews with public employees…
“We want farmers to have full freedom”: No Need for Forced Labor when Farmers are Empowered to Pay Decent Wages: Spring Cotton Fieldwork 2018
September 2018 The district hokim appointed the head of the tax authority to oversee [farms in my area]. He sends his employees and they come and demand that we work. If you tell them about your problems and ask for help, no one will come, no one will ask you…

Caricatures

FTUU: Don’t ask “unnecessary” questions.
FTUU: Don’t ask “unnecessary” questions.
Uzbek Prosecutor General’s Office: Ex-prosecutor General Rashid Kadyrov detained
Uzbek Prosecutor General’s Office: Ex-prosecutor General Rashid Kadyrov detained
On the 80th birthday of Islam Karimov, his grandson has applied for asylum in the UK
On the 80th birthday of Islam Karimov, his grandson has applied for asylum in the UK
Imams Endorse Mirziyoyev’s Initiative to Show Films in Mosques
Imams Endorse Mirziyoyev’s Initiative to Show Films in Mosques

Monitoring


Chronicles

Cotton Campaign Meets with Senior Uzbek Officials in Washington —  Parties Agree to Intensify Dialogue on Ending Forced Labor
Washington, D.C. – The Cotton Campaign hosted the first-ever, high-level delegation of Uzbek government officials to join its annual strategy meeting on February 4 at a pivotal time for reform to end forced labor in Uzbekistan. Building on discussions in May 2018, when a Cotton Campaign delegation visited Tashkent, the…
Journalist Detained for Exposing Hokim Ordering Teachers and Doctors to Pick Cotton
On the evening of October 25, the journalist found out that the hokim of the Kushkupir district was holding a meeting with the principals of schools and kindergartens and heads of rural medical institutions to discuss the mobilization of their employees to pick cotton. Ruzmetov immediately went to the hokimiyat and recorded the meeting…
Cotton Harvest Chronicle 2018, Issue 4
October 29, 2018 The Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights presents an overview of the latest news on the forced labor situation in Uzbekistan’s 2018 cotton season.   The cotton harvest is still underway in Uzbekistan.  With the onset of cold weather, the number of volunteers has declined and, despite increasing…
Cotton Harvest Chronicle 2018, Issue 3
The Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights (UGF) continues to monitor forced labor during this year’s cotton harvest in Uzbekistan. UGF monitors collecting information in seven out of Uzbekistan’s 13 regions are recording massive forced mobilization to pick cotton or the demand to pay for replacement workers. Forced mobilization is taking place under…
Cotton Harvest Chronicle 2018, Issue 2, October 1, 2018 
Unlike all previous years, during the first ten days of the cotton picking period, forced mobilization for the cotton harvest in 2018 does not appear to be on a massive scale. Employees of educational and medical institutions have not been recruited to collect cotton. However, reports by UGF monitors, eyewitness accounts, and…