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Forced labor down in spring cotton work, systemic problems remain

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 10, 2018 Forced labor down in spring cotton work, systemic problems remain Public sector workers not mobilized en masse to work in Uzbek cotton fields in Spring 2018 Berlin — For the first time in years, public sector workers were not forcibly mobilized to plant and weed cotton in Uzbekistan in …

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 …

Mothers in Surxondaryo Region Forced to Clean Streets under Threat of Losing Child Benefits

On August 18, in the Angar district of the Surxondaryo region in Uzbekistan, heads of mahallas and of the district forced women to participate in khashar [trans. – community cleaning day], threatening them with losing their child benefits. Some of these women told Radio Ozodlik reporters that they had to clean the streets when it …

Proposal by Uzbek civil society activists to Swiss Government on Stolen Asset Repatriation

On August 8, a group of Uzbek civil society activists wrote a proposal to several Swiss Government institutions on transparent and responsible repatriation of assets stolen from the Uzbek people.    ON PRINCIPLES OF RESPONSIBLE ASSET REPATRIATION TO UZBEKISTAN Proposal by Uzbek civil society activists We are a group of Uzbek activists citizens concerned about …

Evaluation of ILO Third Party Monitoring in Uzbekistan Published

On August 3, The Corruption and Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has published its Evaluation of ILO Third Party Monitoring in Uzbekistan. The report, written by Professor Kristian Lasslett of Ulster University, raises serious concerns about the work of the ILO mission in Uzbekistan, which has been monitoring forced and child labor in the cotton sector of …

If farmers were given freedom, then, even during hard times, the farming industry would be able to actively develop

This is an ordinary story told by one of the farmers from the Khorezm region to the UGF monitor, which shows that command economy in the agricultural sector of Uzbekistan has not changed since the Soviet times. Local authorities, the police, and special department of the Prosecution Office control the work of Uzbek farmers. For …

Internal Investigation Launched against Chief of District Police for Brutally Beating Farmers

Farmers from the Karshi district of the Qashqadaryo region in Uzbekistan who have not met their wheat quotas have been brutally beaten by the chief of the district police. According to the farmers who spoke to Radio Ozodlik on June 27, the chief of the District Department of Internal Affairs twice beat farmers and demanded …

Uzbek Farmer: I would be glad to refuse to grow cocoons 

Uzbekistan, a leading producer of silk cocoons, relies on forced labor for their production, which violates the rights of farmers and public-sector workers and exploits the vulnerability of the rural poor. Uzbek farmers must produce silk cocoons under coercion to fulfill government quotas and they must sell their cocoons to the government at the official …

Uzbek Farmer: “I will definitely be bankrupt this year”

A monitor from Uzbek-German Forum interviewed a farmer from the Khorezm region who described his experience with the command system of management in the Uzbekistan’s agriculture sector. Farmers do not have the freedom to choose what crops to grow; the state sets the prices and can arbitrarily and punitively “redistribute” the land of the farm …

FTUU: Don’t ask “unnecessary” questions.

The International Labor Organization on May 29 organized a seminar, conducted by ILO expert Svetlana Egorova, on the prevention of forced labor in the Uchkuprik district of the Fergana region. A correspondent of the Eltuz web site spoke to a participant of the seminar, who said that before the seminar, the representative of the regional …

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