Uzbekistan: Grant Access to Cotton Monitors- EU Support for ILO Mission Crucial to Ending Forced Child Labor

Posted on May 31, 2012 by | No Comments

(Brussels, May 31, 2012) – The European Union should urge the Uzbek government to grant access to the International Labour Organization (ILO) to monitor the 2012 cotton harvest, a coalition of nongovernmental organizations said in letters to the European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton and Denmark’s foreign minister, Villy Søvndal. The monitoring plan is part [...]

Cotton Campaign Seeks EU Support for ILO Monitoring in Uzbekistan

Posted on May 30, 2012 by | No Comments

Advocates against forced labor in the Uzbek cotton sector spoke out again today in letters to the Danish European Union Presidency – Minister of Foreign Affairs Villy Søvndal and Representative to the Political and Security Committee Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen – and to High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine [...]

Spring field activities: Forced child labor continues – Report from Uzbekistan by Sukhrobjon Ismoilov, Director of the Expert Working Group

Posted on May 15, 2012 by | No Comments

Despite Uzbek authorities’ high-sounding statements and adoption of several national and international norms banning forced child labor this practice is still wide spread in the country’s agricultural sector. Moreover the practice of forced labor has also started involving other groups of the population. A closer look at the official statements reveals that the Uzbek authorities [...]