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Assessing Corporate Integrity in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Clusters
July 01, 2020

Assessing Corporate Integrity in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Clusters

By Catherine Putz
The landmark privatization scheme took cotton out of the government’s direct hands and placed it in private “clusters” -- but not without significant risks.

Beyond the Pledge: Is It Time to Lift the Boycott of Uzbek Cotton?
April 17, 2020

Beyond the Pledge: Is It Time to Lift the Boycott of Uzbek Cotton?

By Catherine Putz
Activists stress that there is a pathway beyond the pledge, but it's a long road to full reform of the Uzbek cotton sector.
Cotton and Corporate Responsibility: Fighting Forced Labor in Xinjiang and Uzbekistan
November 14, 2019

Cotton and Corporate Responsibility: Fighting Forced Labor in Xinjiang and Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
There are considerable differences with regard to forced labor in Uzbekistan and Xinjiang, but there is an underlying corporate responsibility to not engage in human rights abuses.

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.

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