EU approves textile trade deal with Uzbekistan


The International Trade Committee of the European Parliament has approved a textile trade deal with Uzbekistan that had been opposed by anti-slavery activists, who had claimed the deal would see the EU profiting from forced labour in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry.

The deal revises a 2011 decision by the European Parliament to put on hold Uzbekistan cotton imports over allegations of child and forced labour in the Uzbek cotton industry.

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