Human Rights News

Uzbek expert: The Uzbek government continues to consider the cotton sector as its “cash cow”

Alisher Ilkhamov, a well-known Uzbek expert, sociologist and Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, commented on the issue of the boycott of Uzbek cotton: Recently, the government of Uzbekistan, represented by Deputy Prime Minister Tanzila Narbayeva, Minister of Employment and Labor Relations Sherzod Kudbiyev, along with the ambassadors …

In Karakalpakstan, a farmer was pulled from a noose. Shortly before, his land had been taken away.

Shukhrat Saparov, a 29-year-old farmer from the Beruni district in Karakalpakstan, tried to commit suicide by hanging himself in the barn of his cowshed on April 24. The man survived thanks to the help of relatives who freed him from the noose in time. The man was taken to a district hospital where he is …

In Namangan, hundreds of hectares sown with vegetables were destroyed to increase cotton production

Radio Ozodlik spoke with farmers from the Pap district of the Namangan region, who reported that the local authorities had ordered the destruction of their crop of vegetables and melons, in order to free the land for cotton planting. According to the farmers, several of them who had spent all their money on planting vegetables …

Uzbek Farmers Forced to Give up their Land

Uzbek farmers Nargiza Mamajonova and Zuhra Azizova have complained to the Ozodlik radio that the state has confiscated their land. Both women said that they had rented abandoned land and invested all their money to establish successful farms. Today they are left with nothing. Last year, Nargiza Mamajonova, a 38-year-old mother of five who lives …

UGF Report: Despite Progress, Systemic Forced Labor Persists in Uzbekistan’s 2018 Cotton Harvest

Cotton Campaign urges further reform For Immediate Release Washington, D.C.—April 4, 2019—Systemic forced labor persisted in Uzbekistan’s 2018 cotton harvest despite a meaningful government reform effort, according to evidence documented in a new report by the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights (UGF), “They said we wouldn’t have to pick and now they send us to …

European Parliament: Uzbek Government Should Improve its Human Rights Record and End Forced Labour

Uzbek-German Forum (UGF) welcomes the European Parliament’s approval of recommendations of 26 March 2019 to the Council, the Commission and the Vice-President of the Commission on the new comprehensive agreement between the EU and Uzbekistan. UGF and other civil society groups had raised concerns regarding the persistent use of forced labour in the cotton, silk …

Head of Gurlen District Assaults Farmer

Uzbek-German Forum has received an audio recording of Alisher Salayev, the head of the Gurlen district of the Khorezm region, in which he is heard shouting and using obscene language during a meeting with farmers on March 11  in the building of the Gurlen district hokimiyat. According to the UGF monitor who spoke to an …

Uzbek Government Must Compensate Human Rights Defender and Hold Hokim of Jizzakh to Account

On February 26, a court upheld an appeal by human rights defender Uktam Pardayev in yet another court case brought against him on fabricated grounds by the Uzbek authorities.   The latest incident which began in December 2018, in which Akbar Shukurov, the hokim of Jizzakh city, demanded that he demolish a wall he had …

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 …