Entries by Maxie Syren

Residents of the Quyi Chirchiq district in the Tashkent region forcibly mobilized to the cotton fields

Residents of the Quyi Chirchiq district in the Tashkent region were forcibly mobilized to the cotton fields. On September 17, 2016 the human rights activist Elena Urlaeva met with the doctors of the central hospital in the city of Dustabad (Tashkent region). Doctors explained that the doctors – surgeons, neuropathologists, therapists – are forced to […]

A Letter of “voluntary” participation in the cotton harvest

To the Dean and Associate Professor of the                                                                                                                            Department of Social and Economic Studies of the Samarkand State University W. Umidullae, from a student of Group №205.   Letter of Guarantee I promise to participate in the cotton harvest in 2016, on a regular basis. I guarantee to collect 80 kg of cotton daily and […]

Students and teachers of the Jizzakh State Pedagogical Institute mobilized for cotton picking

Students and teachers of the Jizzakh State Pedagogical Institute were mobilized for cotton picking in the Pakhtakor and Dostlik districts on September 9 and 10, 2016. There are more than 6.200 students and around 500 teachers working and studying in the Institute. Students were informed about the mobilization for the annual cotton harvest on September […]

Teachers, Doctors and Nurses forced to Prune Cotton Plants

Uzbek government officials are once again forcing public sector workers to toil in the cotton fields. Officials are forcibly mobilizing teachers, doctors and nurses to prune the cotton plants instead of doing their ordinary work and for no additional pay. Just prior to cotton-pruning assignments, the health- and education-sector workers completed 10-day shifts picking worms […]

Everyone went to weed cotton

Today, Uzbek farmers have a good deal of work to do. The fields have been sown with cotton and, God willing, it is growing well. This year, cases where farmers had to replant new cotton plants were rare. Almost everyone managed to germinate seeds from the first sowing. This was facilitated by rain at the […]

UGF monitoring of the weeding season 2016

In Uzbekistan the weeding of the cotton fields began at the end of April and is expected to continue until early June. The Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights is monitoring the Uzbek government’s use of forced labour to complete the field work. UGF is monitoring in 6 of the 13 regions of Uzbekistan. In this […]