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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 …

If farmers were given freedom, then, even during hard times, the farming industry would be able to actively develop

This is an ordinary story told by one of the farmers from the Khorezm region to the UGF monitor, which shows that command economy in the agricultural sector of Uzbekistan has not changed since the Soviet times. Local authorities, the police, and special department of the Prosecution Office control the work of Uzbek farmers. For …

Internal Investigation Launched against Chief of District Police for Brutally Beating Farmers

Farmers from the Karshi district of the Qashqadaryo region in Uzbekistan who have not met their wheat quotas have been brutally beaten by the chief of the district police. According to the farmers who spoke to Radio Ozodlik on June 27, the chief of the District Department of Internal Affairs twice beat farmers and demanded …

Uzbek Farmer: I would be glad to refuse to grow cocoons 

Uzbekistan, a leading producer of silk cocoons, relies on forced labor for their production, which violates the rights of farmers and public-sector workers and exploits the vulnerability of the rural poor. Uzbek farmers must produce silk cocoons under coercion to fulfill government quotas and they must sell their cocoons to the government at the official …

Uzbek Farmer: “I will definitely be bankrupt this year”

A monitor from Uzbek-German Forum interviewed a farmer from the Khorezm region who described his experience with the command system of management in the Uzbekistan’s agriculture sector. Farmers do not have the freedom to choose what crops to grow; the state sets the prices and can arbitrarily and punitively “redistribute” the land of the farm …

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 …

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