Tag "uzbek cotton"

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 …

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 …

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 …

Some Workers Excused from Cotton Fields

  Political Will Needed to End Forced Labor (Washington, DC, October 5, 2017) – The Uzbek government has recalled university students and some health and education workers from forced labor in the cotton fields, the Cotton Campaign said today. Other workers remained involuntarily in the fields or faced extortion to pay for workers to replace …

  by Jessica Evans, Senior Researcher/Advocate at Human Rights Watch for International Financial Institutions Originally published at Huffington Post and Human Rights Watch ***************** On June 27 we released a joint report documenting forced and child labor linked to the World Bank’s agriculture projects in Uzbekistan. We hoped it would cause bank officials to rethink …

Head of District Educational Department: “Teachers, not the farmers need the cotton”

On 21 July 2017, the Uzbek website www.sof.uz posted the audio recording of a meeting of school directors and heads of kindergartens held at the Uzbekistan District Education Department in the Fergana Region. [The meeting was recorded covertly and sent to the local journalists]. At the meeting, the head of the Uzbekistan district Education Department …

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 …

What every Uzbek knows about forced labour

The Financial Times has published a Letter to the Editor by Elaine Fultz, former Director of the ILO Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, in response to the papers’ recently published article “World Bank accused over child labour in Uzbekistan” (June 27) on Uzbekistan’s cotton sector. In her letter, Elaine Fultz argues that …