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Uzbekistan clothing sector eyes major hike in exports 2 Jan 2020

The Uzbekistan clothing and footwear industries are eyeing a major increase in exports as its government pushes ahead with programme to liberalise what was until three years ago a largely unreformed post-Soviet state. 

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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Discussions underway on Uzbekistan forced labour in cotton 4 Nov 2019

Worker rights group the Cotton Campaign has met with the government of Uzbekistan in Washington to discuss reforms to end forced labour in Uzbekistan's cotton harvest.

Campaigners set out reforms for Uzbekistan cotton sector 1 Jul 2019

A group of campaigners trying to eradicate child labour and forced labour in cotton production in Central Asia has outlined a series of recommendations to end what it calls "state-sponsored" forced labour in Uzbekistan's cotton sector. 

Forced labour persists in Uzbekistan cotton harvest 8 Apr 2019

Systemic forced labour persisted in Uzbekistan's 2018 cotton harvest, a new report claims, despite progress on the government's commitment to end the practice and significant headway in the reform process.

US removes Uzbekistan cotton from child labour list 25 Mar 2019

The US may be able to start sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan again following the Department of Labor's determination that the use of forced and child labour in the cotton harvest has been significantly reduced.

Uzbekistan eyes US$7bn in annual textile exports by 2025 19 Feb 2019

Uzbekistan is eyeing garment and textile export growth to US$7bn a year by 2025 under a new plan being developed by the country's government.

Uzbekistan to intensify efforts to end cotton forced labour 18 Feb 2019

The use of forced labour in Uzbekistan's cotton fields has significantly reduced but continues to be a problem – although recent discussions with the country's government on tackling the issue are said to have been encouraging.

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.