College teacher, Andijan region, September 2017

September 14, 2017

“We will go to the cotton fields on September 15, which is late this year. But everything is set up: the list of our workers going to the fields was sent to the khokimiyat (local administration). The government promised not to involve public sector employees in the cotton harvest anymore. But the organizations have already received orders from the khokimiyat to send people. Moreover, meetings are organized where workers decide to voluntarily participate in the harvesting of cotton. Supposedly, it is the workers’ own initiative. In fact, everything is still organized by local authorities.”