Slave Nation – The State of the Cotton Sector In Uzbekistan

Cotton Picking in Uzbekistan - Environmental Justice Foundation 2010

A new report released 22nd February 2010 by the Environmental Justice Foundation exposes how cotton production in the Central Asian Republic of Uzbekistan remains one of the most exploitative enterprises in the world.

“Slave Nation” EJF’s reveals how the Government of Uzbekistan continues to lie to the international community while routinely compelling hundreds of thousands of children as labourers in the country’s annual cotton harvest.

With evidence that little has changed despite the promises of the Uzbek Government and with the spring planting season just around the corner, EJF asks whether it will be children forced to pick the crop again when the harvest comes around later this year.

The report can be found here.

You can also read Nadira’s stories on forced and child labour in the  Uzbek cotton sector here.

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