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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 …

The 2013 cotton production cycle is underway and, by all indications, state-sponsored forced labour of children and adults is continuing this year. This Spring, the authorities have already sent children, university students and public-sector employees to weed cotton in multiple regions.    

A short film on forced child labour in Uzbekistan. For subtitles in english, russian, uzbek, polish and italian click on the icons at the bottom right of the screen at the beginning of the film.    

Umida Niyazova comments on the 2012 cotton campaign in Uzbekistan. Though in 2o12 the Uzbek government largely refrained from mobilizing children to pick cotton during the harvest season, it excessively mobilized students aged 16 and above and adults.  This commentary takes a close look at the changes that have been observed during this years cotton …

UGF has just released a new compilation of images including brief background information regarding the use of forced labour in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry