Actions, Not Words in Uzbekistan

Posted on October 28, 2011 by | No Comments

Jeff Goldstein, a senior policy analyst at the Open Society Foundations, has a letter to the editor in The Washington Post critiquing the statement from a senior State Department official claiming that Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov wants to introduce democratic reforms. The statement was made during a briefing for the press while Secretary of State […]

Primitive Living Conditions for Children Picking Cotton in Uzbekistan

Posted on October 24, 2011 by | No Comments

Recent photos obtained by the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights expose the starkly promitive living conditions for children labouring in the cotton harvest in Uzbekistan. These photos, taken in October in Kashkadarya region, Uzbekistan show that children as young as 12 are picking cotton and living in primitive conditions for weeks during the harvest. They […]

UNICEF Confirms Uzbek Government Invitation to Observe Child Labour

Posted on October 24, 2011 by | No Comments

UNICEF representatives have been officially invited to Uzbekistan to conduct monitoring of reports of the use of child labor, Radio Ozodlik reported. Jean-Michel Delmotte, the representative of UNICEF in Tashkent, confirmed that the proposal had come from the government of Uzbekistan, the Russian news agency Regnum reported. Delmotte said that the Uzbek authorities promised to […]

Response from Assistant Secretary of State Blake to Activists Against Child Labour

Posted on October 23, 2011 by | No Comments

A letter from Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake in reply to an appeal from human rights and labour activists September 27 was received, dated October 18: Response to Sept 27 HR Ltr on Uzbekistan

Clinton Heads to Uzbeki-beki-beki-stan-stan amid Rights Protests

Posted on October 23, 2011 by | No Comments

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed off to Uzbekistan this weekend as part of her tour of Central Asia which included a surprise visit to Afghanistan Thursday. While chatting with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul yesterday, Clinton took time to joke about a recent humorous incident in the United States, when Republican presidential candidate Herman […]

US Advocates Against Child Labour Appeal to Clinton on Eve of Visit to Uzbekistan

Posted on October 19, 2011 by | No Comments

Advocates against the use of forced child labour in Uzbekistan spoke out again today in an appeal to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the eve of her trip to Central Asia. Twenty representatives of American trade unions, labor and human rights groups, investors, brands and retailers called on Secretary Clinton to raise with […]

Uzbek Boy, 13, Struck by Car As He Returned Home from Cotton Fields

Posted on October 17, 2011 by | No Comments

A young Uzbek schoolboy returning home at night from the cotton fields where he had laboured all day was struck by a car and seriously injured last month, and remains in a coma, the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia (AHRCA) reports. Bakhodir Pardaev, age 13, a 7th-grader at School No. 24 in the […]

How Many Children Are Working in the Cotton Fields in Uzbekistan?

Posted on October 17, 2011 by | No Comments

Organizations working in the campaign against forced child labour have estimated the number of children working in the cotton fields to be from 1.5 million to 2 million. These estimates were made on the basis of extrapolation of numbers based on surveys of limited areas. Recently, two new sources became available which help confirm these […]

Uzbek Cotton Fair Nets $550 Million In Sales

Posted on October 16, 2011 by | No Comments

Uzbekistan is reporting sales of some $550 million worth of cotton and textiles at the two-day International Cotton and Textile Fair held in Tashkent, RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service reports. Some 330 companies from 38 countries reportedly sent representatives to the fair and those representatives bought a reported 600,000 tons of Uzbek cotton and textile products on […]

Tashkent’s Cotton Fair Opens: Do Boycotts Work?

Posted on October 16, 2011 by | No Comments

Tashkent’s 6th international cotton and textile fair opened this week, and Uzbekistan’s state media trumpeted the event, initiated by President Islam Karimov, as a triumph of the national economy and the dictator’s “Uzbek model of reform” practiced for the last 20 years since independence. Once again, the government web site trotted out figures claiming […]

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