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Sandbags Added to Harvested Cotton in Andijan under Management’s Orders

At cotton receiving points in the Boz district of the Andijan region in Uzbekistan, bags filled with sand are added to the harvested cotton to increase the weight. An “overstatement” of the cotton weight is carried out on the orders of the head of the district, Ozodlik’s sources report. According to one of the workers …

Cotton Harvest Chronicle 2018, Issue 3

The Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights (UGF) continues to monitor forced labor during this year’s cotton harvest in Uzbekistan. UGF monitors collecting information in seven out of Uzbekistan’s 13 regions are recording massive forced mobilization to pick cotton or the demand to pay for replacement workers. Forced mobilization is taking place under the direct instructions of the …

Cotton 2018: “Women and men are sleeping in the same room, divided only by a curtain”

105 workers from cultural institutions in the Jizzakh region are collecting cotton in a “voluntary-compulsory” way (Soviet term for social work that cannot be refused). Men and women have to share living quarters and are publicly reprimanded if they pick less than 70 kg of cotton per day. Employees of theaters, museums, libraries as well …

Cotton Harvest Chronicle 2018, Issue 2, October 1, 2018 

Unlike all previous years, during the first ten days of the cotton picking period, forced mobilization for the cotton harvest in 2018 does not appear to be on a massive scale. Employees of educational and medical institutions have not been recruited to collect cotton. However, reports by UGF monitors, eyewitness accounts, and publications in the independent press …

CHRONICLE OF FORCED LABOR 2017, Issue 3, September 2017

The cotton harvest season in Uzbekistan has begun once again, as has the forced mobilization to the cotton fields. The harvesting of cotton began on September 6 in several regions of Uzbekistan. According to preliminary data, the forced mobilization of public sector employees to the cotton fields is taking place now all over the country. …

November 22, 2016 Annex After spending five years in the Samarkand psychiatric hospital, Ulugbek Khaydarov, a friend and journalist of Karimov’s, who has since emigrated to Canada (for political reasons?) spoke to him by phone shortly after his release in November 2011. According to Khaydarov,  “His voice was the same, his conscience was clear and he had not changed at …

The second issue of the “Chronicle of Forced Labour 2016” is online. Download the PDF

Download the PDF In Uzbekistan on September 8, began the massive forced mobilization of students and employees of state organizations to harvest cotton. The first who have been sent to collect cotton were university students around the country. Students will be living and working in the cotton fields for almost 2 months before the end …