Videos

Farmers’ Land Transferred to Privately-Owned Clusters

Farmer Haydarali Islomov from the Kuyichirchik district in the Tashkent region, told human rights activists that despite a land lease agreement, his land was unexpectedly transferred in March this year to a local cluster for the cultivation of cotton. On May 19, Islomov told human rights defenders Yelena Urlaeva and Malokhat Eshonkulova that this year …

Jizzakh Officials versus Human Rights Activist Uktam Pardayev

In December 2018, Jiizzakh-based human rights activist, Uktam Pardayev, found that the city authorities had file a claim against him in a civil court. The claim, signed by the mayor of Jizzakh city, Akbar Shukurov, alleged that Uktam Pardayev had illegally built a fence around his private property, and thus had taken illegal possession of …

Police officers forcefully take wheat collected by farmers

In the Syrdarya region of Uzbekistan, police officers forcefully take wheat collected by farmers which exceeds the quota set by the state. The farmer has the right to keep surplus wheat for himself, but in June 2018 the state has illegally confiscated surplus wheat from farmers throughout the country. According to the farmers, the authorities …

PETITION: Stop Forced Labor in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Industry!

Every year, students in Uzbekistan are massively forced to participate in the cotton harvest. This new animated video tells about the background of this practice: Why is this happening in Uzbekistan? How come nobody refuses? In how far does the mobilisation of students for the cotton production violate Uzbek legislation? So, what can you do …

Cotton: Investigation into the Reverse Side of our T-shirts

French TV airs two-hour documentary about the Uzbek cotton industry On November 28, the French TV channel France 2, broadcast a two-hour documentary about international business dealings in the cotton industry, including insights into the dysfunctional Uzbek cotton sector. The French journalist, Sandrine Rigaud, travelled to Uzbekistan, Bangladesh and India to investigate the dark side …

Employees of Tashkent Organizations Hire Cotton Pickers at their own Expense

On September 27, 2017, activist Malokhat Eshonkulova visited cotton fields in the Dustlik district of the Djizak region where she spoke to cotton pickers.  She learned that 1,100 collectors, mostly hired by employees of various tax offices of Tashkent city, as well as the city enterprise TransYol, had arrived in the Dustlik district. One of …

“Corruptistan” – Of princesses and fraudsters

Last Friday, the Uzbekistan prosecutor’s office confirmed that the daughter of the former Uzbek president Islam Karimov has been detained by officials investigating allegations of fraud and money laundering. Gulnara Karimova, a once powerful businesswoman, prominent socialite and potential successor to her father, disappeared from public view in 2014 after apparently falling out with her …