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October 31 2014

surveyork
08:29
Uzbekistan, located in Central Asia, is one of the largest exporters of cotton in the world. For decades, the government of Uzbekistan, under President Islam Karimov, has forced adults and children as young as 10 to pick cotton under appalling conditions each harvest season. Provincial government offices order schoolteachers to close schools and enforce quotas in the cotton fields. The local authorities send government and private business employees to pick cotton, in order to meet cotton production quotas. The Uzbek government combines these orders with threats, detains and tortures Uzbek activists seeking to monitor the situation, and refuses to allow international monitors into the country.

October 11 2014

surveyork
03:03
Yet another method of preventing human rights activists from collecting accurate information on forced cotton laborers was witnessed in the fields this past weekend: Secret service employees ran ahead of activists and “advised” cotton pickers to keep silent.

Elena Urlaeva, the head of the Human Rights Alliance of Uzbekistan, experienced this new method first-hand during her monitoring activities of cotton fields near the town of Krasnogorsk in Tashkent province’s Parkentsky district on September 28.

February 25 2014

surveyork
19:15

Daewoo International Corporation is unabashedly profiting from forced labor in Uzbekistan, where the government mobilizes more than a million men, women and children each year to harvest cotton. Eleven people died in the latest harvest, including Amirbek Rakhmatov, a 6-year-old boy who accompanied his mother to the field.

Daewoo must stop purchasing Uzbek cotton until the International Labor Organization can confirm the government of Uzbekistan has dismantled this forced labor system. Daewoo should use its decades-long relationship with the government to publically urge the end of this abominable practice.

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