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Uzbek Farmer: I would be glad to refuse to grow cocoons 

Uzbekistan, a leading producer of silk cocoons, relies on forced labor for their production, which violates the rights of farmers and public-sector workers and exploits the vulnerability of the rural poor. Uzbek farmers must produce silk cocoons under coercion to fulfill government quotas and they must sell their cocoons to the government at the official …

Uzbek Farmer: “I will definitely be bankrupt this year”

A monitor from Uzbek-German Forum interviewed a farmer from the Khorezm region who described his experience with the command system of management in the Uzbekistan’s agriculture sector. Farmers do not have the freedom to choose what crops to grow; the state sets the prices and can arbitrarily and punitively “redistribute” the land of the farm …

FTUU: Don’t ask “unnecessary” questions.

The International Labor Organization on May 29 organized a seminar, conducted by ILO expert Svetlana Egorova, on the prevention of forced labor in the Uchkuprik district of the Fergana region. A correspondent of the Eltuz web site spoke to a participant of the seminar, who said that before the seminar, the representative of the regional …

In Andijan, a ninth-grader fatally stabs a fellow schoolmate in the heart while teachers were busy cleaning the streets

On April 7, Muhammadasore Sobirov, a 9th-grade pupil of secondary school No. 10 in the city of Andijan, killed a classmate of neighboring school No. 29. by stabbing him in the heart. According to an employee of the city department of public education, all the teachers of the school were at a “subbotnik” (public work), …

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 …

In Tashkent, female employees of health clinics, schools, and kindergartens are forced to clean in low-income houses in the Sergeli district for free. Nurses complain that otherwise they are threatened with dismissal and withholding from their wages. Forced Saturday cleaning day In Tashkent, female employees of health clinics, schools, and kindergartens were forced to clean …

On December 22, 2017, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev delivered a four-hour speech to the country’s Parliament. During most of his speech, the president criticized Uzbekistan’s current situation, addressing problems affecting the economy, health care and law enforcement as well as the increase in suicides among women and widespread corruption. He paid particular attention to corruption …

Uzbek Official Unleashes Torrent of Abuse at Cotton Meeting

Intimidation, threats, and humiliation used to meet cotton quotas (Berlin, November 21, 2017) — The head of the Parkent district administration of the Tashkent region, Nematulla Abdullaev, held a 45-minute meeting on November 1, 2017, during which he used abusive and insulting language to humiliate and intimidate the heads of organizations, enterprises, and community leaders …

Article in German Magazine STERN : “Exploited”

Bettina Sengling, a German journalist, has been following Uzbekistan’s most prominent human rights activists. In a recent article, published by the German magazine STERN, she reports on forced and child labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry and the challenges faced by human rights activists in their courageous fight to end these practices. Based on the article by Bettina Sengling, published by …

Forced and Child Labor in Spring Fieldwork Linked to World Bank Project

Teachers, Medical Workers, Welfare Recipients Weeded Cotton Fields under Threat (Berlin, October 10, 2017)— The government of Uzbekistan forced people to work in the cotton fields during the spring fieldwork season under threat, the Uzbek-German Forum states in a report released today. The report also documents forced and child labor in a World Bank project …

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