Tag "forced labour in uzbekistan"

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 …

Decisive action to hold official accountable not so decisive after all

Official fired by Mirziyoev for abusing farmers and officials reappointed to district head with oversight over farmers Zoyir Mirzayev, the Deputy Prime Minister fired by the president of Uzbekistan on October 29 for punishing farmers and officials, was appointed  hokim of the Sharaf-Rashidov district of Jizzakh region on November 7. The official reason for Mirzayev’s dismissal was …

Cotton 2018: “Women and men are sleeping in the same room, divided only by a curtain”

105 workers from cultural institutions in the Jizzakh region are collecting cotton in a “voluntary-compulsory” way (Soviet term for social work that cannot be refused). Men and women have to share living quarters and are publicly reprimanded if they pick less than 70 kg of cotton per day. Employees of theaters, museums, libraries as well …

Chronicle of the labor situation in Uzbekistan

This issue of the “Chronicle of Forced Labor in Uzbekistan” presents an overview of the Uzbek media over the past three months. Since President Mirziyoyev has taken office, a weakening of censorship has been observed, allowing local journalists to cover stories of forced labor more widely. The last three months have been significant with the …

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 …

An open letter from Uzbek human rights activists to the British sculptor Paul Day commissioned to commemorate former President Islam Karimov in December. The sculpture is due to be placed outside the Uzbek embassy in Moscow. Dear Mr. Day, Thanks to the man you plan to celebrate with your latest sculpture, none of us have …

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 …

CHRONICLE OF FORCED LABOR 2017, Issue 3, September 2017

The cotton harvest season in Uzbekistan has begun once again, as has the forced mobilization to the cotton fields. The harvesting of cotton began on September 6 in several regions of Uzbekistan. According to preliminary data, the forced mobilization of public sector employees to the cotton fields is taking place now all over the country. …