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ILO calls for resilient occupational safety and health systems for future emergencies
29 April 2021 / International

ILO calls for resilient occupational safety and health systems for future emergencies

Better national occupational safety and health policies, institutional and regulatory frameworks, that are also integrated into crisis response, are needed, says the International Labour Organization.

Recent workers’ victory reveals the rot in Uzbekistan’s public life
29 April 2021 / uzbekistan

Recent workers’ victory reveals the rot in Uzbekistan’s public life

The much heralded privatisation of the Central Asian state’s cotton sector has led to claims of exploitation. But workers are fighting back

 New Social Contract: Five workers’ demands for recovery and resilience
26 April 2021 / International

New Social Contract: Five workers’ demands for recovery and resilience

The ITUC is setting out five key demands from working people to build recovery and resilience, putting people and the environment at the centre of the new social contract. Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, outlined the demands during the World Economic Forum, with an ITUC session on the subject taking place at the World Social Forum on the 26 January and a detailed blog on the issues: “The choices made by world leaders and by business in 2021 will either heed the call of workers and civil society to reform the economic model and help create a just and sustainable future or maintain business as usual and see a model of corporate greed entrench inequality, exclusion and despair perpetuating instability for our communities and our planet.”

Uzbekistan joins EU’s GSP+ arrangement
10 April 2021 / uzbekistan

Uzbekistan joins EU’s GSP+ arrangement

The EU has accepted the Republic of Uzbekistan as the 9th beneficiary country of the special incentive arrangement for sustainable development and good governance (GSP+) under the unilateral Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP). The EU will start applying preferential tariffs for products imported from Uzbekistan under this arrangement from 10 April 2021.

THE TIME FOR WORDS HAS PASSED. UZBEKISTAN SHOULD SIMPLIFY THE RULES FOR REGISTRATION OF NGOS AND LEGITIMIZE CIVIL SOCIETY VOICES
7 April 2021 / uzbekistan

THE TIME FOR WORDS HAS PASSED. UZBEKISTAN SHOULD SIMPLIFY THE RULES FOR REGISTRATION OF NGOS AND LEGITIMIZE CIVIL SOCIETY VOICES

According to the state register of NGOs, 9,200 non-governmental organizations, national and regional, are registered and operating in Uzbekistan today. Meanwhile, the vast majority of these organizations are branches of large quasi-governmental NGOs (GONGOs) created by the state. Registration of independent NGOs is in fact a cumbersome, painful process and, despite criticism by international human rights defenders, Uzbekistan is in no hurry to change the rules to make it easier for civil society to formally register as independent organizations.

Cotton Production in Turkmenistan: Use of Forced Labor in an Inefficient System
7 April 2021 / turkmenistan

Cotton Production in Turkmenistan: Use of Forced Labor in an Inefficient System

Amsterdam/Vienna, 23 March 2021. Two Turkmen non-governmental organizations, turkmen.news and the Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights, have today published their joint Review of the Use of Forced Labor in Turkmenistan During the 2020 Cotton Harves. The report is based on monitoring by the NGOs’ staff in four of the five regions of Turkmenistan — Ahal, Dashoguz, Lebap, and Mary.