End Cotton Crimes: Remove Trade Preferences for Uzbek Cotton
Cotton Crimes, the European Cotton Campaign Against Child Slavery, issued the following call-to-action today:
"Anti-Slavery International’s campaign calling on the European Parliament to stop being complicit in the use of forced labour of adults and children in Uzbekistan’s cotton fields scored a major victory when MEPs rejected a resolution to extend the bilateral trade agreement between the European Union and Uzbekistan. This was due in no small part to the 14,000 supporters who signed our petition and wrote to their MEPs.
However the European Commission continues to allow Uzbekistan to benefit from preferential import duties for its cotton exports to the EU. We therefore need EU Member States, including the UK, to call on the European Commission to remove these trade preferences, known as the Generalised System of Preferences [GSP] for Uzbekistan, to help end slavery in the fields.
We therefore ask that you email Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, to put the removal of GSP for cotton from Uzbekistan on the agenda of the Trade Policy Ministerial on 29th November 2012."