Activists Oppose “Business as Usual”; Picket Uzbek-US Forum

Posted on September 28, 2011 by | No Comments

Twenty organizations today signed a letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging the US government not to resume “business as usual” with Uzbekistan due to persistent and serious human rights problems such as torture and forced child labor. The groups included human rights organizations Amnesty International USA, the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional [...]

Be Not Afraid of Growing Slowly, Just of Activists Seeing Your Agenda

Posted on September 28, 2011 by | No Comments

Last week, the American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce boasted on its website that it was upgrading its annual American-Uzbek Business Forum in light of positive developments in bilateral relations: Due to the positive developments during the recent Annual Bilateral Consultations between the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Uzbek [...]

Activists to Picket AmChan Meeting in DC; Uzbek Foreign Minister, US DAS to Speak

Posted on September 26, 2011 by | No Comments

Plans are proceeding apace for a picket of a business meeting of the American Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce (AUCC) this week. On Wednesday, September 28 at noon at the W Hotel in Washington, DC, a number of human rights and labor groups plan to protest the use of child forced labour in the cotton industry [...]

Uzbek Children Told to Buy Their Way Out of Cotton Harvest

Posted on September 22, 2011 by | No Comments

The independent news site uznews.net reports that children are being offered a way to buy themselves out of the cotton harvest. In the Yukkorichirchick district of Tashkent region, the authorities have informed parents that their young children will be excused from cotton harvesting duties if parents hand over payment of 20,000 soums (around US$8.00). “People [...]

Picket US-Uzbekistan Business Forum September 28

Posted on September 21, 2011 by | No Comments

Buoyed by the success of the picket to protest inclusion of Gulnara Karimova in New York’s Fashion Week, the International Labor Rights Forum is planning a picket next week in Washington, DC as Uzbekistan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Elyor Ganiev arrives for meetings with the business elite in the capital. The Central Asian [...]

Uzbek Activists Detained Photographing Child Cotton Pickers

Posted on September 19, 2011 by | No Comments

Two Uzbek rights activists say they were detained by police for taking pictures of schoolchildren picking cotton in the southern Kashkadarya region, RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service reports. Gulshan Karayeva and Nodor Ahatov, members of an unregistered Uzbekistan’s Human Rights society, were held by local authorities for 10 hours on September 15 while taking the photos. “We [...]

GooGoosha’s Fashion Show Fizzles As Protestors Converge on Cipriani

Posted on September 18, 2011 by | No Comments

Fashion scenesters in Manhattan today were suddenly confronted with an issue half a world away in Uzbekistan — forced child labor in Tashkent’s billion-dollar cotton industry. Driven from Lincoln Center — the main stage for New York’s Fashion Week — the Uzbek dictator’s daughter Gulnara Karimova moved her runway to Cipriani, a prestigious midtown events [...]

Plea for Help from Uzbek Med Students Forced to Pick Cotton

Posted on September 14, 2011 by | No Comments

Radio Ozodlik, the Uzbek Service of Radio Europe/Radio Liberty, has received an urgent plea from students forced to pick cotton in Uzbekistan. A student at the Faculty of Pediatrics at the Andijan Medical Institute, who gave only his first name, Abdumalilik, writes: We need help, we are being tormented by fascistic methods. We are taken [...]

Sign Our Petitions to Get the Stores Where You Shop to Help Stop Forced Child Labour

Posted on September 13, 2011 by | No Comments

Have you been reading all the news about the Uzbek dictator’s daughter and how labour and human rights campaigners were able to convince the organizers of Fashion Week to cancel Gulnara Karimova’s fashion show? This seemed like an impossibility at one time, as Karimova was here last year and backed by powerful Fashion Week sponsor [...]

Labour Rights Activists Call on Cipriani to Cancel Karimova Fashion Show

Posted on September 13, 2011 by | 1 Comment

Uzbek dictator’s daughter Gulnara Karimova had her show cancelled by alarmed organizers of Fashion Week in New York, the New York Post reported yesterday. But she’s not giving up and has been searching for a new venue. According to the New York Post, she has contracted with Cipriani, an upscale restaurant and event space in [...]

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