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12 December 2017 / Kazakhstan

Coal Miners' Strike Spreads In Kazakhstan As Workers Stay Underground

SHAKHTINSK, Kazakhstan -- A strike by coal miners in north-central Kazakhstan has spread to more mines as hundreds of workers are refusing to return to the surface, demanding higher salaries and better benefits.

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MALOKHAT URGENTLY NEEDS YOUR HELP
2 December 2017 / Uzbekistan

MALOKHAT URGENTLY NEEDS YOUR HELP

Malokhat is being targeted for her work monitoring forced and child labor in Uzbekistan’s government-run cotton harvest

Uzbek Official Unleashes Torrent of Abuse at Cotton Meeting
22 November 2017 / Uzbekistan

Uzbek Official Unleashes Torrent of Abuse at Cotton Meeting

The head of the Parkent district administration of the Tashkent region, Nematulla Abdullaev, held a 45-minute meeting on November 1, 2017, during which he used abusive and insulting language to humiliate and intimidate the heads of organizations, enterprises, and community leaders for not sending enough people to pick cotton and meet quotas. An audiotape of this meeting was given to Radio Ozodlik (the Uzbek service of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty) by the head of an organization who took part in the meeting

Turkmenistan: Children Continue to Pick Cotton Despite Ban
16 November 2017 / Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan: Children Continue to Pick Cotton Despite Ban

In Turkmenistan, despite a ban on child labor, there are more children and teenagers in the cotton fields for this year’s cotton harvest campaign than in previous years. In addition, for the first time for many years the authorities in several regions of Turkmenistan have orchestrated the mass mobilization of children to pick cotton.

Article in German Magazine STERN : “Exploited”
15 November 2017 / Uzbekistan

Article in German Magazine STERN : “Exploited”

Bettina Sengling, a German journalist, has been following Uzbekistan’s most prominent human rights activists. In a recent article, published by the German magazine STERN, she reports on forced and child labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry and the challenges faced by human rights activists in their courageous fight to end these practices.

We have been picking cotton in Syrdarya for 50 days now. We have only been able to wash ourselves once in a pond.
10 November 2017 / Uzbekistan

We have been picking cotton in Syrdarya for 50 days now. We have only been able to wash ourselves once in a pond.

A member of staff from Andijan Region’s Agriculture and Water Resources Department, who was  brought to Syrdarya to pick cotton on 20 September, and who requested to remain anonymous, has complained to OzodMikrofon (Free Microphone) that he has been picking cotton for almost two months in difficult conditions and that the leadership has no plans to replace him or send him back home.

Children in the Andijan Region Pick Cotton
6 November 2017 / Uzbekistan

Children in the Andijan Region Pick Cotton

On November 3, 2017, human rights activist Elena Urlayeva visited cotton fields in the Balikchi district (Andijan region) and saw children at the age of 11-12 picking cotton.