Uzbekistan: “The world’s largest family-owned business” – New Films Release by ECCHR

Posted on April 26, 2012 by | No Comments

“There is no independent agricultural sector in Uzbekistan” was the message from former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray to the public hearing “From the Uzbek Cotton Fields to the Termez Military Base,” March 1, 2012, in Berlin. Prominent experts participated in the hearing to discuss the state-sponsored forced labor system of cotton production of [...]

Cotton Campaign Seeks U.S. Support for ILO Monitoring in Uzbekistan

Posted on April 24, 2012 by | No Comments

Advocates against the use of forced labor in Uzbekistan spoke out again today in an appeal to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Twenty-two representatives of human rights, trade union, apparel industry, retail, investor and other groups called on Secretary Clinton to urge the Uzbek government to take immediate steps to end forced labor, including [...]

Government of Uzbekistan Continues to Silence Human Rights Defenders, Despite Release of Prominent Uzbek Human Rights Defender

Posted on April 17, 2012 by | No Comments

According to Uznews.net, human rights activist Alisher Karamatov was released on 12 April after completing six years of a nine-year prison term. The torture suffered by Mr. Karamotov and nearly simultaneous detention of other Uzbek human rights defenders indicates the gravity of human rights abuses by the Government of Uzbekistan. The GOU silencing its citizens, [...]

“Action Plan” of Uzbekistan Government Signals Need for Independent Monitoring

Posted on April 4, 2012 by | No Comments

On April 3rd, the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan approved an action plan “on additional measures on implementation of the Convention on Forced Labour and convention on Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention in 2012-2013”, as reported by UzDaily.com. Importantly, the announcement by President Islam Karimov’s administration acknowledges the existence of forced labor and forced [...]