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Umida Niyazova on Forced Labor in Uzbekistan
June 04, 2019

Umida Niyazova on Forced Labor in Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
Despite progress, forced labor remains a reality in Uzbekistan.

Jonas Astrup on Reforming Uzbekistan's Cotton Industry
May 21, 2019

Jonas Astrup on Reforming Uzbekistan's Cotton Industry

By Catherine Putz
As Uzbekistan makes progress on ending forced labor, Tashkent is open about the remaining challenges.
Uzbekistan Making Progress to Phase Out Forced Cotton Labor, Report Says
April 03, 2019

Uzbekistan Making Progress to Phase Out Forced Cotton Labor, Report Says

By Catherine Putz
Forced labor remains a reality in Uzbekistan, but the ILO and others are encouraged by the government's progress.

Why Did Mirziyoyev Fire an Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister?
November 07, 2018

Why Did Mirziyoyev Fire an Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister?

By Umida Hashimova
Mirziyoyev apparently has little tolerance for demeaning treatment.

World Bank and ILO Whitewash One of the World’s Most Brutal Regimes
July 13, 2017

World Bank and ILO Whitewash One of the World’s Most Brutal Regimes

By Kristian Lasslett
The ILO’s fieldwork was undertaken hand-in-glove with Uzbek state minders, undermining its veracity.

Forced Labor Continues in World Bank Project Areas in Uzbekistan
June 27, 2017

Forced Labor Continues in World Bank Project Areas in Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
In a new report, Human Rights Watch says the World Bank's Uzbekistan projects are tainted with forced labor.

EU Moves Uzbek Textile Deal Forward
November 11, 2016

EU Moves Uzbek Textile Deal Forward

By Catherine Putz
After 5 years, the EU-Uzbekistan Textile Protocol is headed to a vote in December.
Forced Fashion: Made in the USA with Uzbek Cotton?
November 02, 2016

Forced Fashion: Made in the USA with Uzbek Cotton?

By Ben Dalton
Despite progress, forced labor still lurks in the supply chains of major U.S. retailers

Cotton and Loans: Bad Business in Uzbekistan
July 07, 2016

Cotton and Loans: Bad Business in Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
A complaint against an IFC project sheds light on the opaque financial systems underlying Uzbekistan's cotton industry.

Forced Labor Remains Endemic in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan
July 01, 2016

Forced Labor Remains Endemic in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
The two countries were downgraded in the U.S. State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons report.

A Closer Look at Central Asia's Offshore Connections
April 09, 2016

A Closer Look at Central Asia's Offshore Connections

By Catherine Putz
IKEA's Turkmen cotton, the 6th anniversary of the 2nd Kyrgyz revolution, and a crash course on Central Asia; recommended links.
Uzbekistan: White Gold, Dirty Business
April 01, 2016

Uzbekistan: White Gold, Dirty Business

By Catherine Putz
Forced labor and financial opacity are the greatest sins of Uzbekistan’s cotton industry.

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