Tag "forced labor"

Minister of Public Education: “Forced Labor was Considered Patriotic” 

The Minister of Public Education, Ulugbek Inoyatov, admitted that he lacked the political will to put an end to the forced involvement of teachers in work that was not part of their duties. During a video conference meeting chaired by Uzbek Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov on Tuesday, April 17, Inoyatov said that forced labor had …

Shavkat Mirziyoyev: “Deception is Betrayal”

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, claimed that he is perfectly aware of the real situation in the regions and said that putting everything in order before his visits does more harm than good. The President threatened hokims [ed. – local governors] with severe consequences for forcing teachers to participate in beautification …

State lifts restrictions on Uzbek human rights defender: Forced labor monitor Uktam Pardaev has terms of his probation lifted in Uzbekistan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 11, 2018 Washington, DC – The Cotton Campaign welcomes the decision of a court in Uzbekistan to lift the terms of probation for human rights defender Uktam Pardaev 10 months early. Pardaev was arrested on November 16, 2015, following his reporting on forced labor during the 2015 cotton harvest. The …

Journalist Karimberdi Turamurod: In Uzbekistan, the media trying to become free gets intimidated 

Uzbek journalist Karimberdi Turamurod, reported on his Facebook page that he received threats after his investigation of the tragic death of a 23-year-old school teacher, Diana Enikeeva, from the Kattakurgan district of the Samarkand region. Diana Enikeeva, a 23-year-old teacher at the secondary school No. 42 in the Kattakurgan district of the Samarkand region of …

Investigation by «Xabar.uz»: Who is to blame for the death of a 23-year-old teacher?

The Governors Promised! The promise of the governor of the Namangan Region, Khayrullo Bozorov: “We have been using teachers and doctors not only in tree-planting and cleaning work but in agricultural work as well. These two sectors [education and medical sectors] are the most important and reliable sectors. All governors are present here. From now on, involving …

PETITION: Stop Forced Labor in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Industry!

Every year, students in Uzbekistan are massively forced to participate in the cotton harvest. This new animated video tells about the background of this practice: Why is this happening in Uzbekistan? How come nobody refuses? In how far does the mobilisation of students for the cotton production violate Uzbek legislation? So, what can you do …

While the old hospital building in the Kattakurgan district of Samarkand region in Uzbekistan is being demolished, the entire medical staff, including qualified doctors, are involved in the construction of a new hospital building. Employees of the district hospital have complained that the financing of the new building will be paid for from their own …

Article in German Magazine STERN : “Exploited”

Bettina Sengling, a German journalist, has been following Uzbekistan’s most prominent human rights activists. In a recent article, published by the German magazine STERN, she reports on forced and child labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry and the challenges faced by human rights activists in their courageous fight to end these practices. Based on the article by Bettina Sengling, published by …

Forced and Child Labor in Spring Fieldwork Linked to World Bank Project

Teachers, Medical Workers, Welfare Recipients Weeded Cotton Fields under Threat (Berlin, October 10, 2017)— The government of Uzbekistan forced people to work in the cotton fields during the spring fieldwork season under threat, the Uzbek-German Forum states in a report released today. The report also documents forced and child labor in a World Bank project …

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 …