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Uzbek expert criticizes World Bank over monitoring of forced labour

Uzbek expert criticizes World Bank over monitoring of forced labour

09.12.2015 19:06 msk Analytics Human Rights Business Politics Cotton Uzbekistan

In late November, the International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the World Bank published the monitoring results of the use of child and forced labour during the cotton harvest in 2015 in Uzbekistan. The experts of the ILO, as the report says, «could not find conclusive evidence which can prove child or forced labour was used during the cotton harvest season in 2015 in Uzbekistan».

Uzbekistan: Cotton slaves picked sells well, as usual…

Uzbekistan: Cotton slaves picked sells well, as usual…

22.10.2015 13:31 msk Human Rights Business Cotton Uzbekistan

According to many employees of state-funded institutions, who have been forcefully sent to cotton fields in Uzbekistan, they manually collected the entire harvest of cotton this year. They report seeing not even one cotton-picking machine throughout the whole period of their work on the fields. Meanwhile, the official mass media are tirelessly reporting on grandiose achievements in the Uzbek economy’s cotton sector. But are falling short to mention these achievements have been secured thanks to almost free-of-charge slave labour.

Uzbekistan: “We are slaves, indeed!” A photojournalist’s cotton-picking stint (+photos, video)

Uzbekistan: “We are slaves, indeed!” A photojournalist’s cotton-picking stint (+photos, video)

23.09.2015 13:39 msk Human Rights Business Politics Cotton Uzbekistan

The authorities of Uzbekistan relentlessly try to convince that doctors, educators and their students volunteer to travel and contribute to agriculture activities every autumn. Yet, critics of the incumbent authorities continuously maintain forced labour and extortion are rampant on the part of state officials; the conditions of living and food are slavish; diseases and traumas are ubiquitous, while death, too, occurs among the cotton-pickers that have been pulled out of civilised life and thrown onto the “cotton front”. But who is right? In order to get to the root of the problem and experience a personal encounter, photojournalist Timur Karpov travelled to a cotton field from his native Tashkent.

The Uzbek Cotton: The Government’s Riches, the People’s Curse

The Uzbek Cotton: The Government’s Riches, the People’s Curse

15.04.2015 11:17 msk Human Rights Business Politics Cotton Uzbekistan

Children in Uzbekistan grow accustomed to thinking that cotton is the national treasure and the government needs help in harvesting this valuable commodity; otherwise there can be no salaries, pensions, and other social benefits. But the reality is completely different.

More children die on cotton fields in Uzbekistan

More children die on cotton fields in Uzbekistan

22.09.2013 00:16 msk Human Rights Business Cotton Uzbekistan

On 15 Sep 2013, a 6-year-old child suffocated to death under a heap of raw cotton in Bukhara Region in western Uzbekistan. The boy did not go to school on that day, but went to a cotton field to help his mother. He climbed into a trailer and fell asleep. Those collecting cotton did not notice him and dumped raw cotton collected during the day. The child’s dead body was only discovered at a raw cotton storing facility.

Doctors in Uzbekistan on cotton fields: “Impossible to refuse”

03.07.2013 00:01 msk Analytics Business Cotton Uzbekistan

The Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights compiled and distributed a new video clip on the forced labor of doctors and other medicine-related professionals to weeding cotton fields in Uzbekistan.

Uzbekistan 2012 Cotton Harvest: Continued State-Sponsored Forced Labor of Children and Adults

Uzbekistan 2012 Cotton Harvest: Continued State-Sponsored Forced Labor of Children and Adults

24.12.2012 10:51 msk Cotton Uzbekistan

The 2012 cotton harvest in Uzbekistan has concluded, and the system of forced labor of cotton production remained the same as in previous years. December 20, 2012, the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights and the Cotton Campaign released the Review of the 2012 Cotton Harvest, which explains that implementation of the forced labor system was carried out with a demographic shift to older children and more adults, accompanied with an unprecedented scale of corruption. The Review presents observations by human rights defenders throughout Uzbekistan, and highlights the following disturbing trends: continued forced child labor despite a demographic shift of the burden to older children, intensified forced labor of adults, continued rejection of independent monitoring, continued harassment of Uzbek citizens who attempted to monitor, and increased extraction of financial and other resources from Uzbek citizens by government authorities.

Uzbekistan: Parents sent to the cotton fields instead of their children

Uzbekistan: Parents sent to the cotton fields instead of their children

11.09.2012 22:58 msk Cotton Uzbekistan

The Eighth International Uzbek Cotton and Textile Fair is taking place in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) on 17 to 18 October and Uzbekistan’s official media reports that it will be attended by world traders. According to the critics of Islam Karimov’s regime, which has been sending the republic’s unfortunate citizens to “help” the farmers since Soviet times, Western countries are gradually turning away from Uzbekistan’s “white gold” because of the use of forced child and teenage labourers.

Fabric of Abuse: Fashion world snubs fruits of Uzbek child labor

05.10.2011 22:59 msk Cotton Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan: News from the Fields

Uzbekistan: News from the Fields

20.10.2009 16:41 msk Cotton Uzbekistan

In the mid of October the air temperature in the Republic of Karakalpakstan varies from +3 degrees in the night to +25 in the day. Under various temperatures the undersized cotton plant cracks down, forcing the cotton growers, especially kids, stay longer at the fields. Along with the employees of government-sponsored organizations they gather imponderable boxes (2-3 gram) every day. In order to gather one kilo of "white gold" they have to make at least 300 prehensile moves in the thorny bushes. At the same time, they eat third-rate macaronis.

Uzbekistan: The students in the Tashkent Oblast do not go to secondary schools (photo)

Uzbekistan: The students in the Tashkent Oblast do not go to secondary schools (photo)

05.10.2009 14:49 msk Cotton Uzbekistan

Since September 20 the students of colleges and lyceums in Yangiyul rayon of the Tashkent Oblast in Uzbekistan have been working in the cotton fields. The local residents say that secondary school students in the remote villages of the same area also started the cotton season. Ferghana.Ru correspondents decided to learn more about the schoolchildren labor in harvesting raw cotton.

Uzbek field chronicle-2009: the Syr Darya children

Uzbek field chronicle-2009: the Syr Darya children

30.09.2009 15:05 msk Cotton Uzbekistan

Few days ago the secondary school children in the Syr Darya Oblast of Uzbekistan flooded the cotton fields just as their counterparts in other regions. Unlike in the previous years, this year the local authorities officially instructed to attract only 14 plus kids, 7th graders, for cropping of "white gold". Nonetheless, as well as in the previous years, one can also see12-13 year old working children. Ferghana.Ru correspondent gave a visit to Syr Darya on Tuesday in order to witness the current events.

Uzbekistan: Surkhandarya students pick cotton, ones in Ferghana continue their studies

Uzbekistan: Surkhandarya students pick cotton, ones in Ferghana continue their studies

25.09.2009 07:43 msk Cotton Uzbekistan

Classes were suspended in the Surkhandarja region of Uzbekistan with the onset of cotton-harvesting. Senior pupils work the plantations, picking cotton (that earns the Uzbek treasury so much) and thus "aiding" their native state. The Ferghana regional authorities on the other hand decided to do without compulsory child labor for a change. It seems that the government of Uzbekistan finally deigned to notice the pressure the international community has been applying to it.

Uzbekistan: Unassailable pest of the Aral Sea

26.08.2009 16:51 msk Cotton Uzbekistan

Since recently Uzbekistan has been running strict policy in relation to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on water resource allocation, especially in Uzbek part of the Aral Sea. However, there are also some other problems that the government is not solving as first priority. This is ecological disaster, reasoned by irresponsible storage herbicides and pesticide. They will cause damage to the health of residents in Khoresm and Karakalpakstan. The total volume of officially confirmed buried chemicals reaches 9 thousand tons in the Republic of Uzbekistan. Today, the amount of accounted, stored, prohibited and outdated pesticide reaches about 1500 tons. Of them, almost 120 tons are most dangerous organochlorine pesticide.

Tajikistan: Fields of Nightmares

Tajikistan: Fields of Nightmares

11.11.2008 11:46 msk Cotton Uzbekistan

Tajikistan is definitely a beautiful country, but its cotton picking policies leave an indelible black mark on its reputation. Cotton picking in this country is a dirty practice that enslaves students and restricts the growth of this majestic country. Due to the greed of a few rich cotton brokers, working for the local and national government, students are essentially forced to pick cotton for about two months every year.

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