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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 …

Video: Forced Labor Linked To World Bank

The World Bank is funding half a billion dollars in agricultural projects linked to forced and child labor in Uzbekistan. Under the loan agreements, the Uzbek government is required to comply with laws prohibiting forced and child labor, and the World Bank can suspend the loans if there is credible evidence of violations. The recently …

On September 28, the pregnant 21-year-old Umida Kuylieva received inadequate medical care for an entire day, while the chief doctor of the hospital and the obstetricians were working in the cotton fields, and lost her child.

September 15, 2016 Employees of Kokand’s (Ferghana region) Clinic No. 8, who have been mobilized for the cotton harvest, are being threatened with dismissal from their jobs unless they fulfil their daily cotton quotas. Evidence can be seen in the video sent to Ozodlik that the clinic’s director is forcing employees to write and sign …

Ozoda Yakubova, wife of the Uzbek human rights activist Azam Farmonov, has been waiting for her husband to be released from prison for 10 years. Ozoda: Jaslyk prison is considered the most remote place in Uzbekistan. It is difficult to travel there. Cars cannot get there. It is only possible to arrive by train. You have …