After Lavish Banquet, Uzbekistan Signs Deal with Pakistan for 1m Bales of Cotton

Posted on March 30, 2011 by | No Comments

Engaging in some “banquet diplomacy,” last week Uzbek officials treated a visiting delegation of Pakistani officials led by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to a long evening of traditional singing and dancing and a lavish seven-course meal, The Express Tribune of Pakistan reported. The Uzbek government pulled out all the stops at a reception hosted […]

Switzerland, UK Accept NGO Complaint Against EU Companies Profiting from Uzbek Child Labor

Posted on March 29, 2011 by | No Comments

Activists hoping to bring EU cotton traders to account for their possible relationship to forced child labor in Uzbekistan have begun to see the fruits of its efforts. This week, Switzerland joined the United Kingdom in accepting the complaints filed by the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in Germany to the Organisation […]

“Gymboree Must End Its Silence”: International Labor Rights Forum

Posted on March 22, 2011 by | No Comments

Gymboree must end its silence on forced child labor and increased repression in Uzbekistan, says Tim Newman of the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF). The ILRF has launched a petition at to call on Gymboree to join other major garment companies in taking a stand against forced child labor in Uzbekistan by publicly opposing […]

Cotton Prices at Historical High

Posted on March 22, 2011 by | No Comments

Cotton prices are at their highest in 140 years, the Wall Street Journal wrote in October 2010 — and they keep climbing. The price last week on the market in India, the world’s second largest producer, is $1.93 per pound — it’s been hovering around $2.00/lb. for some time and is expected to stay around […]

Russia to Sign Agreement for Direct Delivery of Uzbek Cotton

Posted on March 8, 2011 by | No Comments

Russia is planning to sign an intergovernmental agreement for direct deliveries of Uzbek cotton fiber, the Russian online news service reported, citing the Uzbek newspaper Novy Vek. In 2011, Uzbekistan plans to reduce its cotton exports from 880,000 tons, shipped in 2010, down to 750,000 tons, in order to create new production facilties and […]