cotton harvest

Uzbek Cotton Harvest: Extortion, Bribery, Forced Labor

Extortion and bribery fueled the forced labor behind Uzbekistan’s cotton harvest in autumn 2014, a coerced mass mobilization that took teachers, health care workers and millions of other employees away from their duties for several weeks, according to a report released today by the nonprofit Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights. While fewer children were pushed… [READ MORE]

Uzbekistan Still Using Forced Labor for Cotton Harvest

A coalition of worker and human rights organizations, including the Solidarity Center, is urging the U.S. State Department to maintain Uzbekistan’s rank at the bottom of its “Trafficking in Persons” report when it is released this year. (Read the full document.) “In 2014, the government of Uzbekistan forced more than a million citizens to work… [READ MORE]

Uzbek Children, Teachers Forced to Labor in 2014 Cotton Harvest

Uzbekistan continued using forced labor, including children, for the country’s recent cotton harvest, with more teachers than ever compelled to toil in the fields this year, according to a report released today by the Uzbek-German Forum. In schools across the country this fall, 50 percent to 60 percent of all teachers were absent from classrooms… [READ MORE]