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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 …

A new issue of the 2012 cotton chronicle has just been released. Though children are still in the fields and labour is still obligatory, this recent report shows that the youngest children are being spared. http://uzbekgermanforum.org/issue-2-september-10-2012/

    06.09.2012   The UGF Film „Speaking Cotton“ has been admitted to the 2012 UNSPOKEN Human Rights Film Festival. The Festival will be taking place from October 18th – 20th, 2012 in Utica, NY.   UNSPOKEN is an annual human rights forum that combines film, art, music, and a conference into one festival.  Held in …

The Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights has recently released it’s report on the monitoring results from the 2011 cotton harvest season. http://uzbekgermanforum.org/monitoring-results-for-the-period-from-sept-nov-2011/

A CHRONICLE OF FORCED LABOUR 1 – 2012

Teachers in Uzbekistan: Deprived of their Profession/ Forced to be Cotton Growers   Uzbekistan is the only country in the world where the government shuts educational institutions for 2-3 months and send students and school children to pick cotton. The cotton industry of Uzbekistan is built on forced labour, and the most convenient objects of …