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“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 …

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