Entries by Maxie Syren

Makhalla administration forces mothers of infant to pick cotton

Mothers receiving child benefits from the state are also forced to work during the cotton harvest. The Makhalla (district) administration threatens to cut off payments of state social benefits if the women do not participate in the cotton harvest. “My sister-in-law has two kids. One of them has just started his first year at school, […]

No gas supply to Gallaorol

Nabijon Jurboev, one of the residents of the Gallaorol district in the Jizzakh region and a prominent follower of Radio Ozodlik, was interviewed by an Ozodlik reporter after the visit of Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the Jizzakh region. According to Nabijon Juroboev, the visit of the acting president has not brought much change to the region […]

Tashkent Medical Workers Forced to Pick Cotton

Since September 15, workers at the Polyclinic № 28 in the Yashnabad district of Tashkent, have been forced to pick cotton. Those who cannot or do not want to pick cotton are being forced to buy themselves free. The amount of money extorted from doctors varies depending on their wage, and is calculated according to […]

Students of the Graphic Arts Department at the Ferghana State University mobilized to harvest cotton

Students of the Graphic Arts Department at the Ferghana State University were also mobilized to harvest cotton. They refused to give interviews on tape though. In a personal conversation, they spoke about their mobilization to cotton fields in the Qushtepa district, and about the uncertainty concerning the length of their stay. “My parents both have […]

Medical workers from Chinoz and Yangiyo’l districts of the Tashkent region forcibly mobilized to pick cotton

Medical workers from Chinoz and Yangiyo’l districts of the Tashkent region were forcibly mobilized to pick cotton. On September 18, 2016 the human rights defenders Elena Urlaeva and Malokhat Eshonkulova left the Tashkent region in order to monitor the issue of forced labor in cotton fields among doctors. As it turned out, in the village […]