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Uzbekistan forces more adults into 2014 cotton harvest 17 Nov 2014

The Uzbekistan government has continued to use "systematic, mass forced labour" in this year's cotton harvest, campaigners say, claiming more adults had to work against their will to make up for a reduction in the number of children in the fields.

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ILO hails labour reforms in Uzbekistan cotton harvest 15 Feb 2018

Child labour is no longer an issue in Uzbekistan's cotton harvest, while forced labour is being systematically addressed, a new report has found.

Uzbekistan finally recalls some workers from cotton harvest 16 Oct 2017

A decision by the Uzbek government to recall university students and some health and education workers from forced labour the country's cotton fields is being seen as a positive step – but calls remain for the complete end of government-orchestrated forced labour in Uzbekistan.

Concerns over ILO Uzbekistan cotton monitoring mission 15 Sep 2017

As the annual cotton harvest gets underway in Uzbekistan, the group representing US apparel and footwear retailers and importers has expressed its concerns over the International Labour Organization's (ILO) monitoring mission – and the introduction of a new category, "reluctant workers," to characterise labour that does not appear to be voluntary.

Uzbekistan ratifies textile protocol of EU pact 30 May 2017

The European Union has emphasised the need for Uzbekistan to continue with efforts to eliminate all types of child and forced labour as the country ratified the 'textiles protocol' within the existing Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between the two.

European Council approves extending EU-Uzbekistan partnership 29 Mar 2017

The EU Council of Ministers has approved a protocol extending the EU-Uzbekistan partnership and cooperation agreement to bilateral trade in textile products.

IFC programme to address Uzbekistan forced labour 7 Mar 2017

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is launching a new programme in Uzbekistan, designed to help cotton farmers improve their production efficiency, safeguard the environment, and improve labour practices.

DNA tagging to fight Uzbekistan forced labour 28 Feb 2017

Product authentication business Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) has proposed a collaborative framework designed to put a stop to forced labour in Uzbekistan's cotton fields.

Human rights groups question Uzbekistan forced labour progress 22 Feb 2017

A cohort of human rights groups have questioned a report by the The International Labor Organization (ILO) that claims the Government of Uzbekistan is making progress in reforms to address risks of child and forced labour in its cotton industry. 

EU lawmakers back textile trade with Uzbekistan 11 Nov 2016

European Union lawmakers have backed a trade pact with Uzbekistan that could lead to increased textiles imports from the country – despite ongoing concerns over the use of forced labour in the cotton harvest.

World Bank criticised over Uzbek cotton loans 14 Sep 2016

The World Bank has been accused of potentially violating international law by providing agricultural loans to the government of Uzbekistan, which uses forced labour in the country’s cotton sector.