Latest News

ILO calls on Turkmenistan to end forced labour 16 Jun 2016

The government of Turkmenistan has been called on to urgently act to end systematic forced labour in its cotton sector during a hearing at the International Labour Organization (ILO) conference in Geneva. 

US urged to halt imports of Turkmenistan cotton goods 8 Apr 2016

A formal complaint has been filed under the Tariff Act of 1930, calling for a halt on the import of cotton goods from Turkmenistan made using forced labour. 

H&M bans cotton from Turkmenistan and Syria 18 Feb 2016

Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has placed a ban on sourcing cotton from Turkmenistan and Syria in a bid to eradicate forced labour from its supply chain.

Forced labour blights Turkmenistan cotton harvest 25 Jan 2016

A final report on the 2015 cotton harvest in Turkmenistan says the government this year forced more people to pick cotton and ramped up the pressure to deliver harvest quotas in response to a late and low-yield harvest.

Turkmenistan uses more forced labour in cotton harvest 24 Nov 2015

While Uzbekistan’s use of forced labour to harvest cotton is well-documented, a new report says workers at a range of private and public-sector institutions have also been coerced to pick cotton in Turkmenistan this year, with children used in at least one area.

TURKMENISTAN: Textile industry offers investment potential 17 Jun 2013

Turkmenistan's growing textile sector may in future provide opportunities for foreign investment through the privatisation of state-owned manufacturing units, a spokesman from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in Ashgabat told just-style.