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NEW REPORT RELEASED: Forced Labor Linked to World Bank

(Brussels) – The World Bank is funding half a billion dollars in agricultural projects linked to forced and child labor in Uzbekistan, Human Rights Watch and the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights said in a report released today. Under the loan agreements, the Uzbek government is required to comply with laws prohibiting forced and child labor, …

Labor rights activist died in prison

After six months it has become known that Nuraddin Jumaniyozov (68), who planned to set up a trade union for hired laborers, died in prison on 31 December 2016. Human rights advocate, Nadejda Atayeva, has told the independent newspage eltuz.com that this information had been kept secret both by government authorities and the deceased person’s …

UN Official Calls for Rights Reforms in Uzbekistan

Envoy Presses for Justice for Andijan Massacre (Geneva, May 13, 2017) – The United Nations high commissioner for human rights called on President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan on May 10 and 11, 2017, to turn his government’s pledges for reform into concrete human rights improvements and fulfill its obligations under human rights law, eight human …

NEW: Info Brochure on Forced Labor in Uzbek Cotton Sector

UGF has released a new info brochure summarizing the most important facts and numbers about forced labor in the Uzbek cotton sector, presenting findings of our latest monitoring in 2016. Download the PDF here.  

Uzbek Activist Urlaeva Held In Psychiatric Clinic

Elena Urlaeva, one of Uzbekistan’s leading human rights activists and head of the Human Rights Alliance of Uzbekistan, has been forcibly detained in a psychiatric hospital again. On March 3, a video was published in which Elena Urlaeva describes how she was abducted by police and hospitalized against her will in psychiatric facility in Tashkent. …

Uzbekistan: ILO Report Confirms Forced Labor But Government Role Undermined Research Download the PDF Press Release (Washington, DC – February 16, 2017) A recent report by the International Labor Organization (ILO) confirms the scope and systematic nature of forced labor of Uzbek citizens during Uzbekistan’s 2016 cotton harvest, the Cotton Campaign said today. But the …

ILO: Forced labor in Uzbekistan is not happening because we do not want to believe it

The International Labor Organization (ILO) recently published a report based on a monitoring mission on child and forced labor in the cotton fields in Uzbekistan in 2016. The findings of the ILO’s report are classed as “third-party monitoring” conducted for the World Bank (WB). The purpose of the report is to determine whether forced labor …

PRELIMINARY REPORT 2016: Forced Labor in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Sector

As the cotton harvest season is over in Uzbekistan, UGF presents preliminary findings of its 2016 monitoring of the Uzbek cotton harvest. Based on the results of its monitoring, UGF once again raises serious concerns about ongoing child labor, including an increase in government mobilization of schoolchildren aged 14 and 15, and systematic mass adult …