REPORTS AND PUBLICATIONS

PRELIMINARY REPORT 2016: Forced Labor in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Sector

As the cotton harvest season is over in Uzbekistan, UGF presents preliminary findings of its 2016 monitoring of the Uzbek cotton harvest. Based on the results of its monitoring, UGF once again raises serious concerns about ongoing child labor, including an increase in government mobilization of schoolchildren aged 14 and 15, and systematic mass adult …

By Umida Niyazova Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan’s late authoritarian ruler, preyed on his people. Secretive, corrupt, and brutal, he allowed those close to him to enrich themselves at the public’s expense to the tune of $850 million, according to lawsuits filed by the U.S. Department of Justice. Even now, after his death, there are no signs …

Download “The Cover-Up: Whitewashing Uzbekistan’s White Gold” report   The evidence from the 2015 cotton harvest in Uzbekistan indicates that the government has not undertaken reforms to end its systematic use of forced labor. Yet the 2015 cotton harvest in Uzbekistan differed from previous years in a significant way: While the government continued to force …

The new report “Silk Loop for Uzbek Farmers” gives inside in Uzbek silk production and the wide use of forced labour in this industry. Download Silk Loop for Uzbek Farmers Report as PDF   Скачать доклад “Шелковая петля для узбекского фермера” в формате PDF     Executive Summary   Uzbekistan, a leading producer of silk …

Download the Report as PDF     The government of Uzbekistan forced an estimated 500,000 people to weed cotton fields bet- ween April and August 2015. The Uzbek Prime Minister issued orders to mobilize people to the cotton fields, calling for a “war against weeds.” Regional and district officials translated the message into specific orders …

The Human Rights Committee will conduct its 4th periodic review of Uzbekistan’s compliance with the ICCPR.   The Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights and the Human Rights Alliance of Uzbekistan have presented an alternative report regarding the human rights situation in the country.   UZBEKISTAN: Civil Society Report on the Implementation of the ICCPR

 New report Uzbek Government Forces Labor and Extorts Funds From Citizens and Corporations  highlights how the cotton harvest fosters modern day slavery and extortion  

download the Preliminary Report as PDF   Government of Uzbekistan Increased Forced Labor of Adults in 2014 Cotton Harvest     November 14, 2014—The government of Uzbekistan used systematic, mass forced labor in the 2014 cotton harvest, which has now concluded, the Cotton Campaign said today. In addition to coercing millions of people across the …

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