Uzbekistan: Call to Action to the US Government

Posted on January 31, 2013 by | No Comments

Press Release Uzbekistan: Call to Action to the US Government Civil Society organizations call on the US government to urge the end of state-sponsored forced labor in the cotton sector of Uzbekistan in the 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report (January 31, 2013) – The US Department of State should downgrade Uzbekistan to Tier III in […]

Uzbekistan: Forced Labor Widespread in Cotton Harvest More Adults, Older Children Required to Work, Abuses Persist

Posted on January 26, 2013 by | No Comments

By Human Rights Watch, January 26, 2013 Uzbek authorities have increased the use of forced labor by adults and older children in the cotton sector during the past year, Human Rights Watch said today. The move was apparently made to shift the burden away from younger children in response to public scrutiny and international pressure. […]

Changing the Pattern, but Not the Policy: Uzbekistan Shifts the Demographics of Forced Labor

Posted on January 18, 2013 by | No Comments

January 17, 2013 by Jeff Goldstein, Jacqueline Hale, Alisher Ilkhamov & Daniel Sershen Central Eurasia Project For eight years, the Open Society Foundations—along with retailers, trade unions, parliamentarians, and activists on three continents—have supported a campaign to end the forced labor of adults and children in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry. Every year, the government of Uzbekistan […]

Uzbekistan: Effective EU Rule of Law Programmes Depend on a Principled Human Rights Policy

Posted on January 18, 2013 by | No Comments

By Steve Swerdlow This article is available on the Human Rights Watch website and was published in: Europe-Centra Asia Monitoring: In early 2012, as part of its overall rule of law programming in Central Asia, the EU launched a programme to ‘reform the criminal justice system’ in Uzbekistan. According to diplomats who spoke with Human […]

Consumers and Retailers: Take Action Now!

Posted on January 16, 2013 by | No Comments

Berlin, January 16, 2013 – Human Rights Groups Launch Video Campaign Against Forced and Child Labor in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Industry Today, human rights groups launch a video campaign: the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) and INKOTA-netzwerk urge consumers and retailers to take action to make sure their clothes are not tainted with modern-day slavery, […]