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26 June, 2018 / uzbekistan
Uzbek Farmer: I would be glad to refuse to grow cocoons

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 procurement price, leaving them little or no profit, and in many cases in debt
20 June, 2018 / uzbekistan
Uzbek Farmer: “I will definitely be bankrupt this year”

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 at any time, despite an existing lease, leaving farmers in a particularly vulnerable situation.
31 May, 2018 / uzbekistan
Cotton Campaign presents recommendations to end forced labor to government officials in Uzbekistan.

Cotton Campaign presents recommendations to end forced labor to government officials in Uzbekistan.

A first-ever delegation representing the Cotton Campaign presented recommendations on how to end systematic forced labor in the cotton sector to senior Uzbek government officials on its visit to Tashkent from May 10-16, 2018. The delegation also consulted independently with civil society activists, farmers and representatives of international agencies and ambassadors of other interested governments at this hopeful time for reform in Uzbekistan.
28 May, 2018 / uzbekistan
Report: We pick cotton out of fear: systematic forced labor and the accountability gap in Uzbekistan

Report: We pick cotton out of fear: systematic forced labor and the accountability gap in Uzbekistan

The 96-page report, “‘We Pick Cotton Out of Fear’: Systematic Forced Labor and the Accountability Gap in Uzbekistan,” details how the government forced education and medical workers, other public sector employees, private sector workers, people receiving benefits, and some college and university students to pick cotton involuntarily.
24 April, 2018 / uzbekistan
Teachers: Cotton is the most painful issue for us

Teachers: Cotton is the most painful issue for us

On April 21, the issue of forced labor among teaching professionals was discussed live on Uzbekistan’s main television channel. Speakers discussed a conference which took place on April 17, during which Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov severely chastised ministers of education and public health for forcing doctors and teachers to pick cotton, scrap metal, clean streets and carry out other “public” activities not related to their work.
18 April, 2018 / uzbekistan
Shavkat Mirziyoyev: “Deception is Betrayal”

Shavkat Mirziyoyev: “Deception is Betrayal”

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, claimed that he is perfectly aware of the real situation in the regions and said that putting everything in order before his visits does more harm than good. The President threatened hokims [ed. – local governors] with severe consequences for forcing teachers to participate in beautification works and said it amounted to betrayal to force the involvement of employees in the public sector.
12 April, 2018 / uzbekistan
State lifts restrictions on Uzbek human rights defender  Forced labor monitor Uktam Pardaev has terms of his probation lifted in Uzbekistan

State lifts restrictions on Uzbek human rights defender Forced labor monitor Uktam Pardaev has terms of his probation lifted in Uzbekistan

The Cotton Campaign welcomes the decision of a court in Uzbekistan to lift the terms of probation for human rights defender Uktam Pardaev 10 months early. Pardaev was arrested on November 16, 2015, following his reporting on forced labor during the 2015 cotton harvest. The Uzbek authorities released Pardaev on January 30, 2016, after convicting him to a 5 years 6 months prison term on fabricated charges, and subsequently changing the sentence to 3 years’ probation. Under probation, Pardaev had to register with the police twice a month, and had to obtain police permission to leave his hometown of Jizzak or leave his home after 10 pm.
22 March, 2018 / uzbekistan
Investigation by «Xabar.uz»: Who is to blame for the death of a 23-year-old teacher?

Investigation by «Xabar.uz»: Who is to blame for the death of a 23-year-old teacher?

The death of a 23-year-old female teacher

She didn’t simply die. She was run over by a Kamaz lorry. A handicraft teacher at school No 42 in Kattakurgan District, 23-year-old Diana Enekeeva (or Inikova, according to first reports) was a victim of forced labor, although some may say it was voluntary.
14 February, 2018 / uzbekistan
How to increase the efficiency of the agricultural land use

How to increase the efficiency of the agricultural land use

Starting 2022, the farm land lease agreements will be terminated with those farms which did not develop multifunctional operations. Farmers who used their land inefficiently may lose it. Yuliy Yusupov, an independent expert in economics, comments on the latest decree on agriculture.
23 January, 2018 / uzbekistan
Female nurses in Tashkent are forced to clean in low-income houses for free

Female nurses in Tashkent are forced to clean in low-income houses for free

In Tashkent, female employees of health clinics, schools, and kindergartens are forced to clean in low-income houses in the Sergeli district for free. Nurses complain that otherwise they are threatened with dismissal and withholding from their wages.