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Harassment of Human Rights Activist Uktam Pardayev by Jizzakh Officials Continues

Jizzakh human rights activist Uktam Pardayev is seriously concerned for his own safety and the safety of his family. On February 24, Pardayev told Uzbek-German Forum (UGF) that over the past week, he and his family members have been under surveillance. This follows the ongoing court case brought against him by the Jizzakh authorities which …

Harassment of Human Rights Activist Uktam Pardayev by Jizzakh Officials Continues

Jizzakh human rights activist Uktam Pardaev is seriously concerned for his own safety and the safety of his family. On February 24, Pardayev told Uzbek-German Forum (UGF) that over the past week, he and his family members have been under surveillance. This follows the ongoing court case brought against him by the Jizzakh authorities which …

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 two sides agreed on broad …

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 and others affected by forced …

Zeromax creditors’ claim for Gulnara Karimova’s ill-gotten assets  is neither legitimate nor fair

Federal Assembly of Switzerland Swiss Federal Council Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) Federal Department of Justice and Police Task Force on Asset Recovery, FDFA Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, FDFA   19 December 2018   Zeromax creditors’ claim for Gulnara Karimova’s ill-gotten assets is neither legitimate nor fair   Statement by Uzbek civil …

Spanish-Owned Chemical Company Implicated in Forced Labour with Tragic Consequences

24-year-old Sohibjon Mutalibov, an employee of Ammofos-Maxam, the largest producer of mineral fertilizers in Uzbekistan, was forcibly sent to pick cotton in the Jizzakh region on September 26, 2018. Two days later, he died following a fight with a local resident who fractured his skull. Sohibjon lay in a coma for seven days and died …

Despite Commitment and Efforts, Systematic Forced Labor in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Fields was Present During the 2018 Harvest

Washington, DC – Uzbekistan’s 2018 cotton harvest, which concluded in all regions of the country the first week of December, showcased the enormous challenges in uprooting the country’s deeply entrenched forced labor system. Driven by a commitment to reform at the highest levels of the government, there is a significant transition underway, which is reflected in …

Seven Children Wrongly Vaccinated While Nurse is Sent to Pick Cotton

Radio Ozodlik has reported that seven children from 3 to 6 years old were incorrectly vaccinated while the nurse responsible for conducting preventive vaccinations was sent to pick cotton. The parents of the seven children told Ozodlik that their children were mistakenly vaccinated against hepatitis “B”, instead of hepatitis “A. According to the parents, the …

Tashkent Region: Two Farmers Arrested for Defaulting on Cotton Loans

Two farmers from the village of Uzbekistan in the Akkurgan district of the Tashkent region, 39-year-old Sherali Toshiboev and 54-year-old Erkin Maripov, were arrested for not repaying loans for cotton. Erkin Maripov was released on November 24 after his family repaid part of the loan. Sherali Toshiboev remains in custody. Radio Ozodlik reported that Toshibaev …

33-year-old Farmer Hangs Himself after Confiscation of His Property

Relatives of Sanjar Baratov, a 33-year-old farmer from the Jizzakh region in Uzbekistan, said that he took his own life because he felt desperate after Enforcement Bureau officers confiscated his property for failure to pay off a bank loan. On the evening of November 6, Sanjar Baratov, who resided in the Navruz urban settlement in …