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Tashkent Region: Two Farmers Arrested for Defaulting on Cotton Loans

Two farmers from the village of Uzbekistan in the Akkurgan district of the Tashkent region, 39-year-old Sherali Toshiboev and 54-year-old Erkin Maripov, were arrested for not repaying loans for cotton. Erkin Maripov was released on November 24 after his family repaid part of the loan. Sherali Toshiboev remains in custody. Radio Ozodlik reported that Toshibaev …

33-year-old Farmer Hangs Himself after Confiscation of His Property

Relatives of Sanjar Baratov, a 33-year-old farmer from the Jizzakh region in Uzbekistan, said that he took his own life because he felt desperate after Enforcement Bureau officers confiscated his property for failure to pay off a bank loan. On the evening of November 6, Sanjar Baratov, who resided in the Navruz urban settlement in …

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 …

Sandbags Added to Harvested Cotton in Andijan under Management’s Orders

At cotton receiving points in the Boz district of the Andijan region in Uzbekistan, bags filled with sand are added to the harvested cotton to increase the weight. An “overstatement” of the cotton weight is carried out on the orders of the head of the district, Ozodlik’s sources report. According to one of the workers …

Cotton Harvest Chronicle 2018, Issue 3

The Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights (UGF) continues to monitor forced labor during this year’s cotton harvest in Uzbekistan. UGF monitors collecting information in seven out of Uzbekistan’s 13 regions are recording massive forced mobilization to pick cotton or the demand to pay for replacement workers. Forced mobilization is taking place under the direct instructions of the …

Cotton Harvest Chronicle 2018, Issue 2, October 1, 2018 

Unlike all previous years, during the first ten days of the cotton picking period, forced mobilization for the cotton harvest in 2018 does not appear to be on a massive scale. Employees of educational and medical institutions have not been recruited to collect cotton. However, reports by UGF monitors, eyewitness accounts, and publications in the independent press …

“We want farmers to have full freedom”: No Need for Forced Labor when Farmers are Empowered to Pay Decent Wages: Spring Cotton Fieldwork 2018

September 2018 The district hokim appointed the head of the tax authority to oversee [farms in my area]. He sends his employees and they come and demand that we work. If you tell them about your problems and ask for help, no one will come, no one will ask you about your problems, they will …

Mothers in Surxondaryo Region Forced to Clean Streets under Threat of Losing Child Benefits

On August 18, in the Angar district of the Surxondaryo region in Uzbekistan, heads of mahallas and of the district forced women to participate in khashar [trans. – community cleaning day], threatening them with losing their child benefits. Some of these women told Radio Ozodlik reporters that they had to clean the streets when it …

Evaluation of ILO Third Party Monitoring in Uzbekistan Published

On August 3, The Corruption and Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has published its Evaluation of ILO Third Party Monitoring in Uzbekistan. The report, written by Professor Kristian Lasslett of Ulster University, raises serious concerns about the work of the ILO mission in Uzbekistan, which has been monitoring forced and child labor in the cotton sector of …

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