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Umida Niyazova on Forced Labor in Uzbekistan: Despite progress, forced labor remains a reality in Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz If the ultimate goal is the eradication of all forced labor in Uzbekistan, Tashkent hasn’t yet achieved it. While most observers concede progress on this front, and welcome greater openness on the part of Uzbek authorities in discussing the cotton industry, the reality remains that some people in Uzbekistan are forced to …

Uzbek Human Rights Defenders Appeal to International Companies Not to Lift Boycott of Uzbek Cotton

In the last few years, the government of Uzbekistan has undertaken reforms aimed at ending forced labor in its cotton industry, some of which have resulted in a significant reduction of the number of citizens forced into the fields. However, the root structural problems of the system which continue to incentivize and drive forced labor …

Farmers’ Land Transferred to Privately-Owned Clusters

Farmer Haydarali Islomov from the Kuyichirchik district in the Tashkent region, told human rights activists that despite a land lease agreement, his land was unexpectedly transferred in March this year to a local cluster for the cultivation of cotton. On May 19, Islomov told human rights defenders Yelena Urlaeva and Malokhat Eshonkulova that this year …

European Parliament: Uzbek Government Should Improve its Human Rights Record and End Forced Labour

Uzbek-German Forum (UGF) welcomes the European Parliament’s approval of recommendations of 26 March 2019 to the Council, the Commission and the Vice-President of the Commission on the new comprehensive agreement between the EU and Uzbekistan. UGF and other civil society groups had raised concerns regarding the persistent use of forced labour in the cotton, silk …

Cotton Campaign Meets with Senior Uzbek Officials in Washington —  Parties Agree to Intensify Dialogue on Ending Forced Labor

Washington, D.C. – The Cotton Campaign hosted the first-ever, high-level delegation of Uzbek government officials to join its annual strategy meeting on February 4 at a pivotal time for reform to end forced labor in Uzbekistan. Building on discussions in May 2018, when a Cotton Campaign delegation visited Tashkent, the two sides agreed on broad …

Spanish-Owned Chemical Company Implicated in Forced Labour with Tragic Consequences

24-year-old Sohibjon Mutalibov, an employee of Ammofos-Maxam, the largest producer of mineral fertilizers in Uzbekistan, was forcibly sent to pick cotton in the Jizzakh region on September 26, 2018. Two days later, he died following a fight with a local resident who fractured his skull. Sohibjon lay in a coma for seven days and died …

Seven Children Wrongly Vaccinated While Nurse is Sent to Pick Cotton

Radio Ozodlik has reported that seven children from 3 to 6 years old were incorrectly vaccinated while the nurse responsible for conducting preventive vaccinations was sent to pick cotton. The parents of the seven children told Ozodlik that their children were mistakenly vaccinated against hepatitis “B”, instead of hepatitis “A. According to the parents, the …

Ten Thousand Uzbek Soldiers are Picking Cotton in the Syrdarya Region 

One of the soldiers told Ozodlik that despite the lack of cotton in the fields, ten thousand soldiers of the Uzbek Armed Forces are picking cotton in the Akaltyn district of the Syrdarya region. An employee of the regional administration later confirmed this information. Among the cotton pickers are soldiers who serve under annual or …