Report highlights forced labour issues in Uzbek cotton harvest

uzbek forumA report by the Uzbek Forum for Human Rights on Uzbekistan’s 2023 cotton harvest has found that local officials resorted to forced labour in districts with a shortage of voluntary pickers, forcing some employees of several state organisations to pick cotton or pay for a replacement picker.

The report, Uzbek Cotton Harvest 2023 – Risk of Forced Labour Remains High, comes at a time when global brands and retailers are carefully monitoring the viability of sourcing from Uzbekistan following the end of systemic state-imposed forced labour.

For the full story, see the March 2024 edition of Textiles Eastern Europe.


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