Entries by Aziz Nur

Official from the Uzbek Cabinet of Ministers blames human rights activist for the country failing to fulfill its yearly cotton quota

On November 23, 2016 the human rights activist Elena Urlaeva picketed in front of the Ministries’ administration building. The reason for the picket was to draw attention to the decision of the Ministries’ administration to mobilize all public employees to the cotton harvest. This information was made known in a letter from Mr. Makhmudov, the […]

Samarkand Students Return From Picking Cotton

Students studying at the universities of Samarkand returned from the cotton harvest on November 16th. It happened after Ozodlik published information on November 15th about the students of Samarkand who had been picking cotton for the last 60 days. According to students, they were told to pack their belongings in the evening of November 15th. […]

Samarkand Students Picking Cotton for 60 Days

Students from universities in the Samarkand region have been picking cotton since September 15th. Sources working in the regional Khokimiyat informed Ozodlik that students will be picking cotton until the overall quota for the whole region is met. According to several other sources however, there is no cotton left to pick. Ozodlik received the following […]

School Pupils from Bukhara Forced To Pick Cotton

Pupils from several schools in the Vobkent district of the Bukhara region have been mobilized to pick cotton. According to parents and teachers, classes for the 7-9th grade pupils are canceled ed and pupils are being forced to pick cotton regardless of bad weather conditions. Classes for the senior pupils at schools No.5 and No.35 […]

Uzbekistan: “Fearless” Human Rights Activists Continue to Monitor Cotton Harvest

  On October 22, 2016, the journalist and human rights activist Malokhat Eshonkulova and human rights activist Elena Urlaeva, members of the activist group “Fearless”, were carrying out a mission to identify evidence of the use of forced labor during the cotton harvest in the Akdarya district of the Samarkand region in Uzbekistan.   According […]

Teacher Beaten by Khokim in Kashkadarya for Awareness-Raising Activities

On the morning of October 19, Asror Juraev, Khokim of the Nishan district in the Kashkadarya region, physically abused the 36-year-old deputy principal of School No.8 in front of local farmers. Shukhrat Shaymardonov is a deputy director at School No.8 and is responsible for awareness-raising activities. He was subjected to the abuse because an agricultural […]

BriefPaxta: “It Gets Worse and Worse”

One of Ozodlik’s followers informed them that school pupils in Khiva are being forced to collect money to contribute to the cotton harvest: “The cotton harvest policy is getting worse. It is not like it was before. Pupils from schools in the city of Khiva in the Khorezm region are forced to collect money and […]