Tag "Uzbekistan"

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 …

President Mirziyoyev has read out to parliamentarians a news article published on the website eltuz.com which is blocked in Uzbekistan. Mirziyoyev said that he had found the article himself online. The article entitled “My wife would have survived if they had operated on her in time” was written on behalf of Vohid Amonov and was …

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 …

Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan remain in the lowest possible ranking in the annual Trafficking in Persons Report

Download the PDF version here. (Washington, DC) — On June 27, the U.S. State Department announced that the governments of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan remain in the lowest possible ranking, Tier 3, in the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. “The U.S. Government is to be commended for its principled and justified Tier 3 ranking for Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Both governments continue to run the world’s largest systems of forced …

Labor rights activist died in prison

After six months it has become known that Nuraddin Jumaniyozov (68), who planned to set up a trade union for hired laborers, died in prison on 31 December 2016. Human rights advocate, Nadejda Atayeva, has told the independent newspage eltuz.com that this information had been kept secret both by government authorities and the deceased person’s …

UN Official Calls for Rights Reforms in Uzbekistan

Envoy Presses for Justice for Andijan Massacre (Geneva, May 13, 2017) – The United Nations high commissioner for human rights called on President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan on May 10 and 11, 2017, to turn his government’s pledges for reform into concrete human rights improvements and fulfill its obligations under human rights law, eight human …

EU Statement on Human Rights defenders Elena Urlaeva and Azam Farmonov

The EU has released a brief statement to raise concerns about the detention of the Uzbek human rights defenders Elena Urlaeva and Azam Farmonov. Elena Urlaeva, head of the Human Rights Alliance of Uzbekistan and outspoken critic of forced and child labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton sector, is still being held in a psychiatric hospital against …