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  by Jessica Evans, Senior Researcher/Advocate at Human Rights Watch for International Financial Institutions Originally published at Huffington Post and Human Rights Watch ***************** On June 27 we released a joint report documenting forced and child labor linked to the World Bank’s agriculture projects in Uzbekistan. We hoped it would cause bank officials to rethink …

Document of Evidence: Public Sector Employees in Samarkand Massively Mobilized to Carry out Reconstruction Works

On July 29, the popular Uzbek news website www.kun.uz  published an article written by the journalist Tura Murod, who had recently been fired for criticizing the massive mobilization of teachers for mandatory “public” works and such as cleaning the streets, weeding and picking cotton, as well as repairing and constructing public buildings. The journalist had …

Head of District Educational Department: “Teachers, not the farmers need the cotton”

On 21 July 2017, the Uzbek website www.sof.uz posted the audio recording of a meeting of school directors and heads of kindergartens held at the Uzbekistan District Education Department in the Fergana Region. [The meeting was recorded covertly and sent to the local journalists]. At the meeting, the head of the Uzbekistan district Education Department …

President Mirziyoyev has read out to parliamentarians a news article published on the website eltuz.com which is blocked in Uzbekistan. Mirziyoyev said that he had found the article himself online. The article entitled “My wife would have survived if they had operated on her in time” was written on behalf of Vohid Amonov and was …

World Bank and ILO Whitewash One of the World’s Most Brutal Regimes

The ILO’s fieldwork was undertaken hand-in-glove with Uzbek state minders, undermining its veracity. By Kristian Lasslett July 13, 2017 originally published by The Diplomat In an age where “fake news” and “alternative facts” have become global shorthand, media and research integrity are sorely needed antidotes for citizens bereft of reliable information, especially in regions where …

What every Uzbek knows about forced labour

The Financial Times has published a Letter to the Editor by Elaine Fultz, former Director of the ILO Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, in response to the papers’ recently published article “World Bank accused over child labour in Uzbekistan” (June 27) on Uzbekistan’s cotton sector. In her letter, Elaine Fultz argues that …

Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan remain in the lowest possible ranking in the annual Trafficking in Persons Report

Download the PDF version here. (Washington, DC) — On June 27, the U.S. State Department announced that the governments of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan remain in the lowest possible ranking, Tier 3, in the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. “The U.S. Government is to be commended for its principled and justified Tier 3 ranking for Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Both governments continue to run the world’s largest systems of forced …

Video: Forced Labor Linked To World Bank

The World Bank is funding half a billion dollars in agricultural projects linked to forced and child labor in Uzbekistan. Under the loan agreements, the Uzbek government is required to comply with laws prohibiting forced and child labor, and the World Bank can suspend the loans if there is credible evidence of violations. The recently …