UGF Reports

“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…
Chronicle of the labor situation in Uzbekistan
This issue of the “Chronicle of Forced Labor in Uzbekistan” presents an overview of the Uzbek media over the past three months. Since President Mirziyoyev has taken office, a weakening of censorship has been observed, allowing local journalists to cover stories of forced labor more widely. The last three months…

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

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…
Cotton Harvest Chronicle 2018, Issue 1, September 2018 
In Uzbekistan, preparations for the 2018 cotton harvest have begun. Due to unfavourable climatic conditions, it is expected that the harvest will begin later than usual. It was reported at a video-conference, chaired by President Mirziyoyev on July 4, 2018, that “cotton growth is 10 to 15 days behind, and…