Entries by Maxie Syren

Alimony payers are punished with cotton harvest mobilization

One of the readers messaged Ozodlik to tell about the ways of how people are being forced to pick cotton in Uzbekistan: “According to Ozodlik, alimony payers in Uzbekistan are being forced to pick cotton. Uzbek bailiffs are indeed forcing alimony payers to participate in the cotton harvest by saying that the ‘prosecutor’s office’ gave […]

Statements of “voluntary participation” in the cotton harvest are an additional mockery of the people

This year’s forced mobilization of people to the cotton fields which started two weeks ago and has been carried out in all regions of Uzbekistan, has turned out to be particularly aggressive. People working in different sectors, far from the agricultural one, do not only have to leave their families and go to the fields […]

New President, Old Habits

Uzbekistan’s acting President Shavkat Mirziyoev has ordered the local Khokims (administrations) to organize a massive forced mobilization of students and public sector employees to the cotton harvest. Source: (www.eltuz.com), September 21, 2016

Teachers and doctors in Buka are harvesting cotton

Elena Urlaeva went to the Buka district in the Tashkent region for distributing leaflets with information on the prohibition of forced labor during the cotton harvest. These leaflets were given to teachers and doctors who were forcibly picking cotton. On September 20, 2016, a meeting was held at the World Bank office in Tashkent. The […]

“If you don’t pick cotton, you will be expelled from the university”

A disabled student from Tashkent is being forced to pick cotton. Here is his message sent to Radio Ozodlik: “I am a first-year student at the Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Melioration. We (the students) were mobilized to go to the cotton harvest in the Syrdarya region on Sunday, September 10. The very next day […]