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Issue 6 of our Cotton Chronicle  of Forced Labour of Children and Adults is now online. For a full version of the chronicle please follow the link

Issue 5 of our Cotton Chronicle  of Forced Labour of Children and Adults is now online. For a full version of the chronicle please follow the link

Anti-Slavery Day: Cotton Campaign Calls on President Obama and Mr. Romney to Speak Out Against Slavery-  (New York, October 18, 2012): President Obama and Mr. Romney, during the 2012 US Presidential election campaign the world is listening, and the children, women and men exploited in modern-forms of slavery await your leadership. On this Anti-Slavery Day, the Cotton Campaign calls on …

A new publication by Anti-Slavery International in collaboration with Umida Niyazova, Founder and Director of UGF, about forced labour in Uzbekistan’s cotton sector. Please go to UGF Reports for the full article.

Issue 4 of the Chronicle of Forced Labour is now available in our Cotton Chronicle section. Students are back in the fields and adults, especially mothers with young children, are punished for not going to the fields. Find out more here:   http://uzbekgermanforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/A-CHRONICLE-OF-FORCED-LABOUR-ISSUE-4.pdf

The recent refusal of the Uzbek government to grant an ILO monitoring committee entrance into the country has caused widespread indignation within the international community. Though Uzbekistan has in recent years signed several ILO conventions banning the use of forced child labour during cotton harvest, it still refuses to allow independent monitoring of the cotton …

Once again, the government of Uzbekistan has refused to invite an International Labour Organisation mission to conduct monitoring during the cotton harvest. In a clear demonstration of the top-down, government-dictated process, the Uzbek government formally initiated the country’s cotton harvest today by issuing its annual order to commence the national cotton harvest. Across the country, …

UGF has just released a new compilation of images including brief background information regarding the use of forced labour in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry

A new petition has just been released by uzbek human rights defenders, journalists, political refugees and others to call for a boycott of uzbek cotton, which continues to employ forced labour in it’s production. Boycott.Uzbek.Textile 20.09.2012    

The Uzbek government has recently denied a delegation of the human rights committee from the Social Democratic party of Germany (SPD) entrance into Uzbekistan. Angelika Graf, the SPD committee representative, expressed her deep regret for the government’s decision, as it is currently harvest season and a crucial moment to review if Uzbekistan is abiding by …