Anti-Slavery International Brings 13,000 Signatures to EuroParliament

Posted on December 7, 2011 by | No Comments

Anti-Slavery International, the London-based non-governmental organisation working to elminate all forms of slavery worldwide, brought 13,072 signatures to the European Parliament on December 6, urging that members of parliament reject legislation that would reduce tariffs on imports of cotton from Uzbekistan. Founded in 1839, Anti-Slavery is the world’s oldest international human rights organisation. Anti-Slavery spent […]

EU Parliamentarians Reject Textile Deal With Uzbekistan

Posted on October 5, 2011 by | No Comments

European Union parliamentarians have rejected a trade deal that would have eased Uzbekistan’s export of textiles to Europe, citing the use of forced child labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry, Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe reported. The Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament voted unanimously against the inclusion of textiles in the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement […]

EU Opts to Keep Trade Preferences for Uzbekistan

Posted on August 8, 2011 by | No Comments

Non-governmental campaigners against forced child labour in Uzbekistan have run up against some obstacles in getting the European Union on board to pressure Tashkent to stop this pernicious practice. The European Commission has opted to maintain trade preferences for Uzbekistan under its Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, despite clear evidence of the use of forced child […]

House of Lords Discusses Corporate Pledge Against Uzbek Cotton

Posted on July 8, 2011 by | 1 Comment

The British House of Lords debated corporate governance this week, mentioning the issue of forced child labour in Uzbekistan in the cotton industry and a corporate pledge to oppose the practice . Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) has created a pledge to be signed by US and European companies and/or brands and retailers to publicly state […]