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On October 21st, 2016 the human rights activist, Elena Urlaeva, received an official reply from D.R. Makhmudov, the acting prosecutor of the Chinaz district of the Tashkent region. The letter concerned Elena Urlaeva’s earlier complaint, in which she criticized the use of forced labor among employees of medical institutions in the city of Tashkent during …

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 …

German Media Coverage on Islam Karimov’s Death German media articles reporting on the Uzbek President’s death focused on the controversial legacy of Karimov’s long-term rule with an iron fist, the fact they have not hampered his good relations with Western countries, especially Germany and the unresolved question of his succession. Contradictory news from Uzbekistan at …

On the second ministerial meeting between the U.S. and the five Central Asian states in Washington on Wednesday, the U.S. announced that it will increase its cooperation with Central Asia in trade, economic development, the fight against terrorism and clean energy. Human rights issues were only briefly mentioned. On 3 August 2016, U.S. Secretary of …

“When people’s rights to assemble and associate are restricted — whether by an environment of fear or intimidation, or by laws that cut off funding of independent groups — we stand no chance of designing development programs that actually meet the needs of poor communities.”¹ These words, recently expressed by Mr Maina Kiai, U.N. special …

In April 2016 the khokim (governor) of the Khazarasp district in the Khorezm region ordered the confiscation of farmer Allabergen Ruzimov’s land. His land was taken away without any reason and in defiance of the law. The farmer suspects that the real reason for the confiscation is due to the fact that last fall, during …

Uzbeks Subjected to Forced-Labor Wonder if the Worms are Luckier As temperatures push 100 degrees F (44 C), teachers, doctors, and nurses are working in the cotton fields of Uzbekistan. Officials are forcing the public-sector workers to pick worms off of the cotton plants, fighting a particularly high infestation that threatens this year’s national production …

INTRODUCTION   Each year, the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights presents independent reporting on state-orchestrated human rights violations in the cotton, silk and other sectors in Uzbekistan in the Chronicle of Forced Labour in Uzbekistan. In the first issue for 2015, we present reports that the Uzbek government continued to use forced labour in the …