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Uzbekistan, cotton harvest, forced labor, human rights, Solidarity Center

Student Death Launches Uzbekistan’s Forced Labor Season

At least one person has died in Uzbekistan cotton fields so far this season, part of the country’s massive mobilization of compulsory labor in which nurses, teachers, students and state employees are forced from clinics and classrooms to toil for weeks picking cotton. Komiljon Asimov, 20, a biology student at Abduhab State University, died September… [READ MORE]

Bangladesh, John Kerry, Solidarity Center, garment workers, human rights, workplace safety and health

John Kerry Backs Bangladesh Workers in Forming Unions

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with leaders of Bangladesh garment unions recently in Dhaka, where he emphasized workers’ ability to freely form unions as key to workplace safety. “Enhancing worker safety has to be paired with strengthening workers’ rights,” he told a group of 60 garment workers and allies. “The fact is garment… [READ MORE]

Gender-based violence, Solidarity Center, gender equality, human rights

Building Alliances to End Gender-Based Violence at Work

Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world—and yet not enough is done to prevent it, especially at the workplace. “Without gender equality, we cannot have worker rights, and without worker rights, we cannot have gender equality,” says Lisa McGowan, Solidarity Center Senior gender specialist, speaking at the… [READ MORE]

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A healthy, more equitable economy is key to any society emerging from a war as bitter as Sri Lanka experienced, and is crucial to mitigating future conflict. A critical element to address discord is equal treatment under the law. Yet there is rising concern that, across a broad range of issues, this equality has yet… [READ MORE]

Corrupt corporate practices that allow multinational companies to reap billions at the expense of impoverished communities undermine global goals for development, mutually beneficial trade, creation of inclusive economies, shared prosperity and the very foundations of U.S. policies like AGOA, writes the Solidarity Center’s Shawna Bader-Blau and ActionAid USA’s Marie Clarke.

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