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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 again hails labour progress in Uzbekistan 26 Nov 2018

Child labour is "no longer a major concern" in Uzbekistan's cotton fields and "most" forced labour has been eliminated, according to a new report from the International Labour Organisation.

ILO defends Uzbekistan cotton reporting methods 21 Sep 2018

The International Labour Organization (ILO) says its methods for monitoring the Uzbekistan cotton harvest are "rigorous" and constantly refined and adapted after its latest report was criticised for material errors of fact and "significant" methodological flaws.

ILO Uzbekistan reporting raises "serious concerns" 19 Sep 2018

The Corruption and Human Rights Initiative has raised "serious concerns" over the methodology and ethical procedures employed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) over its third-party monitoring of forced and child labour in Uzbekistan’s cotton harvest.

Forced labour falls in Uzbek cotton sector but problems persist 17 Sep 2018

A new report has commended the fact that public sector workers in Uzbekistan were not forced to plant and weed cotton this spring – but warns serious structural problems in the sector threaten to undermine this development. 

US urged to keep Uzbekistan on forced child labour list 30 Aug 2018

Cotton Campaign has joined forces with a raft of industry associations to put pressure on the US government to reverse its recent proposal to remove Uzbekistan cotton from a list of products that may have been produced by forced or child labour.

US to remove Uzbek cotton from forced labour list? 31 Jul 2018

The US Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs is seeking comments on a proposed removal of Uzbekistan cotton from a list of products that may have been produced by forced or child labour.

Uzbekistan and Japan discuss cooperation in textiles 17 Jul 2018

Uzbekistan and Japan have met to discuss cooperating in the field of textiles, with research and investment a focus.

Uzbekistan and Germany strengthen cooperation in textiles 5 Jul 2018

Uzbekistan has signed a number of agreements with Germany that will see the two countries expand bilateral cooperation and help boost its exports of finished textile products to the European market.

Roadmap of reforms suggested for Uzbek cotton harvest 5 Jun 2018

A delegation from the Cotton Campaign has presented a number of recommendations to Uzbekistan Government officials on how to end systemic forced labour in the country’s cotton sector.

Uzbekistan reneges on forced labour commitments 30 May 2018

There are calls for the World Bank to acknowledge violations in its loan agreements to Uzbekistan after the country’s government was found to have forced private and public sector workers to pick cotton, despite recent reforms.