Time to Drive Child Labour From Value Chains

Posted on November 29, 2011 by | No Comments

Patricia Jurewicz, director of the Responsible Sourcing Network, a project of As You Sow, has an op-ed piece at ethicalcorp.com, Time to Drive Child Labour From Value Chains: During the recent International Cotton and Textile Fair in Tashkent, not a single western buyer signed a contract for Uzbekistan’s cotton, according to a report in the [...]

Activist Urges Uzbek Officials to Comply with Anti-Forced Labour Law

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Dmitry Tikhonov, a human rights defender in the city of Angren, has appealed to Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Azimov to stop breaking the law and end the exploitation of children in the cotton harvest, the independent website uznews.net reported. “I addressed my demands to Rustam Azimov because he is personally responsible for overseeing the implementation [...]

Clinics Empty as Medical Personnel Forced to Pick Cotton

Posted on November 14, 2011 by | No Comments

An article about the decline of health care in Uzbekistan at EurasiaNet opens with an explanation for one of the devastating impacts on health care every year during the cotton season: all the medical personnel are forced out to the fields, leaving their clinics behind: By the time Saidburkhan, a traditional healer from a small [...]

Authorities Threaten To Take Foster Child of Human Rights Activist

Posted on November 14, 2011 by | No Comments

A human rights leader in Uzbekistan says she is suffering backlash for her work. Police have come to the home of Elena Urlaeva of the Human Rights Alliance in Tashkent and attempted to remove her 7-year-old foster child, Muhammad, the independent website uznews.net reported. The aim of the visit was quite simple: he [the policeman] [...]