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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 …

Uzbekistan: ILO Report Confirms Forced Labor But Government Role Undermined Research Download the PDF Press Release (Washington, DC – February 16, 2017) A recent report by the International Labor Organization (ILO) confirms the scope and systematic nature of forced labor of Uzbek citizens during Uzbekistan’s 2016 cotton harvest, the Cotton Campaign said today. But the …

ILO: Forced labor in Uzbekistan is not happening because we do not want to believe it

The International Labor Organization (ILO) recently published a report based on a monitoring mission on child and forced labor in the cotton fields in Uzbekistan in 2016. The findings of the ILO’s report are classed as “third-party monitoring” conducted for the World Bank (WB). The purpose of the report is to determine whether forced labor …

Press Release: Concern Mounts for Long-Imprisoned Journalist Moved into Solitary Confinement

See the PDF version of the joint press release here. (December 16, 2016) Prison authorities in Uzbekistan have placed Muhammad Bekjanov, one of the world’s longest-imprisoned journalists, in solitary confinement, the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia (AHRCA), Freedom House, Human Rights Watch, International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Reporters …

PRELIMINARY REPORT 2016: Forced Labor in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Sector

As the cotton harvest season is over in Uzbekistan, UGF presents preliminary findings of its 2016 monitoring of the Uzbek cotton harvest. Based on the results of its monitoring, UGF once again raises serious concerns about ongoing child labor, including an increase in government mobilization of schoolchildren aged 14 and 15, and systematic mass adult …

In this interviews names of cities and people won’t be disclosed in order to protect the identity of the interviewees. November 2, 2016. “On September 5, 2016 we all gathered in the square to lay flowers next to the portrait of our president, who had died just a few days before. On the same day …

On October 21st, 2016 the human rights activist, Elena Urlaeva, received an official reply from D.R. Makhmudov, the acting prosecutor of the Chinaz district of the Tashkent region. The letter concerned Elena Urlaeva’s earlier complaint, in which she criticized the use of forced labor among employees of medical institutions in the city of Tashkent during …

Download the PDF In Uzbekistan on September 8, began the massive forced mobilization of students and employees of state organizations to harvest cotton. The first who have been sent to collect cotton were university students around the country. Students will be living and working in the cotton fields for almost 2 months before the end …

German Media Coverage on Islam Karimov’s Death German media articles reporting on the Uzbek President’s death focused on the controversial legacy of Karimov’s long-term rule with an iron fist, the fact they have not hampered his good relations with Western countries, especially Germany and the unresolved question of his succession. Contradictory news from Uzbekistan at …

On the second ministerial meeting between the U.S. and the five Central Asian states in Washington on Wednesday, the U.S. announced that it will increase its cooperation with Central Asia in trade, economic development, the fight against terrorism and clean energy. Human rights issues were only briefly mentioned. On 3 August 2016, U.S. Secretary of …