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Uzbekistan cotton sector

Cotton Campaign Urges Uzbekistan to Investigate Harassment of Activists

Cotton Campaign Urges Uzbekistan to Investigate Harassment of Activists

By Catherine Putz
In April, noted Uzbek human rights activist Umida Niyazova and a journalist were harassed by two men as they planned to tour Fergana and speak to farmers.

Acute Shortage of Cotton Pickers Results in Coercion by Officials

Acute Shortage of Cotton Pickers Results in Coercion by Officials

By Lynn Schweisfurth
The Uzbek Forum's findings from monitoring the 2023 cotton harvest point at some instances of forced labor when voluntary workers were scarce. 
The Boycott of Uzbek Cotton Is Over

The Boycott of Uzbek Cotton Is Over

By Catherine Putz
After a dozen years, the Cotton Campaign has finally announced the end of its pledge, signed by 331 brands and retailers, to boycott Uzbek cotton on account of forced labor.

Kristian Lasslett on Uzbekistan’s Cotton Clusters Conundrum 

Kristian Lasslett on Uzbekistan’s Cotton Clusters Conundrum 

By Catherine Putz
Privatization of the cotton sector “is in itself no silver bullet solution” for the problems of corruption and forced labor. 

Assessing Corporate Integrity in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Clusters

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.

A New Chapter in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Sector?

A New Chapter in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Sector?

By Umida Niyazova
Despite progress in combating forced labor, Uzbekistan has yet to meaningfully engage in the civil society focused reforms necessary.

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

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.
Uzbekistan Seeks Lifting of Cotton Boycott

Uzbekistan Seeks Lifting of Cotton Boycott

By Catherine Putz
Tashkent continues to push for the move, touting recent progress.

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