UGF Reports

Sandbags Added to Harvested Cotton in Andijan under Management’s Orders

At cotton receiving points in the Boz district of the Andijan region in Uzbekistan, bags filled with sand are added to the harvested cotton to increase the weight. An “overstatement” of the cotton weight is carried out on the orders of the head of the district, Ozodlik’s sources report. According to one of the workers …

“We want farmers to have full freedom”: No Need for Forced Labor when Farmers are Empowered to Pay Decent Wages: Spring Cotton Fieldwork 2018

September 2018 The district hokim appointed the head of the tax authority to oversee [farms in my area]. He sends his employees and they come and demand that we work. If you tell them about your problems and ask for help, no one will come, no one will ask you about your problems, they will …

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 …

Chronicle of the labor situation in Uzbekistan

This issue of the “Chronicle of Forced Labor in Uzbekistan” presents an overview of the Uzbek media over the past three months. Since President Mirziyoyev has taken office, a weakening of censorship has been observed, allowing local journalists to cover stories of forced labor more widely. The last three months have been significant with the …

Open Letter of Civil Society Organizations to the Swiss Government

The Swiss government should not return assets stolen from the people of Uzbekistan to its government until the Swiss government reviews its return policies in light of reported irregularities in the use of assets Switzerland previously returned to the Kazakh government OPEN LETTER OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS TO THE SWISS GOVERNMENT We, the undersigned representatives …

We pick cotton out of fear: systematic forced labor and the accountability gap in Uzbekistan

The 96-page report, “‘We Pick Cotton Out of Fear’: Systematic Forced Labor and the Accountability Gap in Uzbekistan,” details how the government forced education and medical workers, other public sector employees, private sector workers, people receiving benefits, and some college and university students to pick cotton involuntarily. People faced consequences, including dismissal, loss of salary or …

Uzbekistan: Forced and Child Labor in Spring Fieldwork Linked to World Bank Project

Teachers, Medical Workers, Welfare Recipients Weeded Cotton Fields under Threat (Berlin, October 10, 2017)— The government of Uzbekistan forced people to work in the cotton fields during the spring fieldwork season under threat, the Uzbek-German Forum states in a report released today. The report also documents forced and child labor in a World Bank project …

Le Mans, France Berlin, Germany Ms Carolyn Lamm Chair American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce 601 13th St NW # 600S Washington, D.C. 20005   September 18, 2017   An Open Letter to the American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce regarding the Situation in Uzbekistan on the Eve of its Meeting with President Mirziyoev   Dear Chairwoman Lamm   …

«Мы не можем отказаться от сбора хлопка»

Совместный отчет UGF и Human Rights Watch, 2015 и 2016. Скачайте здесь.  

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