Cotton Chronicle

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 on his mobile phone. When …

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 the payment for pickers to …

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 the direct instructions of the …

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 publications in the independent press …

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 in some places by 20-25 …

CHRONICLE OF FORCED LABOR 2017, Issue 3, September 2017

The cotton harvest season in Uzbekistan has begun once again, as has the forced mobilization to the cotton fields. The harvesting of cotton began on September 6 in several regions of Uzbekistan. According to preliminary data, the forced mobilization of public sector employees to the cotton fields is taking place now all over the country. …

Le Mans, France Berlin, Germany Ms Carolyn Lamm Chair American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce 601 13th St NW # 600S Washington, D.C. 20005   September 18, 2017   An Open Letter to the American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce regarding the Situation in Uzbekistan on the Eve of its Meeting with President Mirziyoev   Dear Chairwoman Lamm   …

The second issue of the “Chronicle of Forced Labour 2016” is online. Download the PDF

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