September 20, 2017 A report received by the editorial office of Kun.uz says that the head of Qorgontepa District administration in Andijan Region, Avazbek Ergashev, is demanding that teachers of secondary schools recruit workers to pick cotton. Reports say that the head of the district administration is demanding that every teacher should bring one […]
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Elena Urlayeva, head of the Human Rights Alliance of Uzbekistan based in Tashkent, photo correspondent Timur Karpov and journalist of the German magazine “Stern”, Bettina Zengling, who were detained by police officers during their independent monitoring of the cotton fields in the Bukinsky district of the Tashkent region on the morning of October 4, have […]
The hokim of the Andijan region, Shukhratbek Abdurakhmanov, who at the end of September 2017 warned local leaders about the criminal punishment they would face for coercively involving employees of public organizations in the collection of cotton, has again sent medical workers and teachers to work in the cotton fields. The regional administration rejected accusations […]
September 28 2017, Fergana region On September 26, 2017, the Central Bank of Uzbekistan sent a letter to the heads of its regional branches and commercial banks, requesting each employee to recruit five people for the cotton harvest. The order, signed by the deputy chairman of the Central Bank, Shukhrat Atabaev, states that in order […]
Article retrieved from Eurasianet. Just as the annual cotton-picking season entered its most intense phase in mid-September, the government made a surprise announcement to recall students and state workers from the fields. Shortly before midnight on September 21, Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov held a Cabinet meeting in which he instructed officials to implement a government […]
The 58-year-old Andizhan resident Muzaffar Umrzakov, who went to pick cotton instead of his wife who working as a school cleaner, died in the field. According to eyewitnesses, the man had a heart attack while he was carrying the harvested crop to the trailer. Janaz-Namaz sermon was read on the same day and he was buried right […]
On September 21, the Uzbek Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov instructed to call back students, teachers and doctors from the cotton fields. Instead, they decided to send unemployed citizens to collect cotton. Click here to watch the video.
On September 22, the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov demanded to bring back by 5 PM students, teachers and employees of medical institutions who were sent to harvest cotton. This was reported by the Internet edition of Kun.uz with reference to its own source. Read the full article in Russian retrieved by Ozodlik here.
Shahratbek Abdurakhmanov, the khokim of Andijan region, at a meeting on September 22 warned officials that local leaders who send school and college teachers, students as well as medical staff to work in the cotton fields will not only lose their posts, but will face criminal responsibility. Read the full article in Russian and watch the […]
Lobar Ashurova, a 28-year-old resident of the village “Pistakent” in Karshi district of the Kashkadarya region of Uzbekistan, died in the cotton field from internal bleeding. The young woman was picking cotton instead of her mother, who works as a nurse in the regional hospital for tuberculosis. The tragic incident occurred in one of the […]