Coalition of Unions, Retailers, Human Rights Groups Appeal to Clinton on Failure to Downgrade Uzbekistan

Posted on June 28, 2011 by | 1 Comment

A coalition of unions, retailers, labor and human rights groups have issued an open letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressing concern at the failure to downgrade Uzbekistan to Tier 3 on the US Watchlist in the State Department’s report on Global Trafficking in Persons (G-TIP), released this week. The letter, signed by 18 [...]

Uzbekistan Remains on US Watch List for Child Labor

Posted on June 27, 2011 by | No Comments

The US State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons has released its annual report titled Global Trafficking in Persons (G-TIP). Uzbekistan is included in G-TIP as in past years, and remains on the Tier 2 Watch List due to failure to eliminate the state-sponsored practice of forced child labor in the cotton [...]

Sign ILRF Petition to The Children’s Place on Uzbek Child Labour

Posted on June 27, 2011 by | No Comments

*UPDATE! After more than 350 people signed this petition, the International Labor Rights Forum heard back from A Children’s Place. The company company has confirmed that it instructs its suppliers not to use Uzbek cotton, joining scores of other companies who have made similar commitments. Jane Singer, Vice President of Investor and Media Relations at [...]

Will Brussels Give Tashkent a Pass on Wide-Scale Child Abuse?

Posted on June 22, 2011 by | No Comments

The European Union is mulling ways to expand its textile trade with Uzbekistan, a major cotton supplier. Rights activists are lobbying hard against the ratification of EU trade measures, asserting that adoption would encourage the continuing use of forced child labor in the Central Asian nation. The European Council approved an amendment in February to [...]

What You Can Do About Child Labour in Uzbekistan

Posted on June 14, 2011 by | No Comments

Bama Athreya, President, GlobalWorks Foundation and Judy Gearhart, Executive Director, International Labor Rights Forum have co-authored an article on The Huffington Post,  one of the most widely-read publications on the Internet. Titled What We Can Do on World Day Against Child Labor (June 12) — and we could add — on any day — the [...]

EU to Consider Forced Labor in Uzbekistan

Posted on June 13, 2011 by | No Comments

Forced child labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton fields will be the focus of a June 21 hearing at the European Parliament. The International Labor Rights Forum, an advocacy organization for workers’ rights, is calling for an international investigation by the International Labor Organization (ILO) into the use of child labor and has dismissed suggestions from the [...]

World Day Against Child Labor

Posted on June 12, 2011 by | No Comments

Today is World Day Against Child Labor, and the International Labor Organization and supporters have organized events in more than 50 countries. They are making the day this year with a new report on children in hazardous work. Human rights monitor Elena Urlayeva has been reporting from the cotton fields in Uzbekistan, where students have [...]

Calls for International Investigation on Uzbek Child Labor

Posted on June 11, 2011 by | No Comments

Labor and human rights groups at the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) conference this week called for an international investigation of forced child labor in Uzbekistan, the International Labor Rights Forum said in a statement on its website. The investigation was called for at the ILO annual conference in Geneva by Anti-Slavery International and the International [...]

Employers and Unions at ILO Meeting Condemn Uzbek Child Labor

Posted on June 10, 2011 by | No Comments

The International Trade Union Confederation  (ITUC) reported  that the International Labour Organisation (ILO) “heard disturbing reports from both workers and employers in regards to millions of children forced into from school into hazardous work in the cotton fields of Uzbekistan,” according to a statement on the trade unions’ website. Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the [...]

ILO Discusses Case of Uzbekistan

Posted on June 7, 2011 by | No Comments

After reviewing the report from its Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations, the International Labour Organization’s Committee on Application of Standards discussed the case of Uzbekistan on June 6, observers reported. As a result of ongoing concerns about forced child labor in Uzbekistan, the ILO Committee will likely include a paragraph [...]

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