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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 …

This story is typical for Uzbekistan, where torture by law enforcement is so widespread that it has become normal. Police or the national security service, who torture without the slightest pity for the people, almost never get punished for their cruel treatment of humans.       Torture is not just used on political prisoners …

  When I lived in Uzbekistan and worked for a human rights organizations, I monitored many trials. Young men and women faced criminal charges and were accused of extremism and attempts to overthrow the existing regime.   Almost all of the defendants said that they were tortured in order to confess their guilt. Sitting in …

  On September 30th, Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights organized an action in front of the Uzbek Embassy in Berlin. The main goal was to attract attention to human rights abuses and grievances in Uzbekistan. Activists were holding posters describing specific cases and reality of millions of Uzbek people:   –    I am an Uzbek …

Uzbekistan has consistently failed to deal with the problem of institutionalized torture in the country. This has been criticized by international human rights organizations on a continuous basis. But instead of reacting to the criticism by fighting the problem and bringing the perpetrators to justice, Uzbek authorities are adopting new laws, creating more formal commissions, …

The 2013 cotton harvest has now nearly come to a conclusion. As in previous year, mass forced labor throughout the country during each cotton season continues. This year, forced labour in cotton harvest has been particularly cynical. Authorities were trying to spread the idea that people are being sent to the cotton fields at their own …