Entries by Sophie Falsini

D.R. Makhmudov’s official reply to Elena Urlaeva’s complaint

Posted on the 23rd of November, 2016 On October 21st, 2016 the human rights activist, Elena Urlaeva, received an official reply from D.R. Makhmudov, the acting prosecutor of the Chinaz district of the Tashkent region. The letter concerned Elena Urlaeva’s earlier complaint, in which she criticized the use of forced labor among employees of medical […]

Official Press on Uzbek Cotton Traders

A Cotton Trend Tashkent has hosted one of the world’s biggest events in cotton and textile industry – the 12th International Uzbek Cotton and Textile Fair. More than 2,000 foreign traders and representatives of procuring companies have confirmed their participation. This year’s fair was organized by O’zpahtasanoateksport holding company, O’zbekyengilsanoat joint-stock company, Ministry of Foreign […]

Doctors, Teachers and High School Pupils Picking Cotton in Pastdargom District

On October 12, 2016 the activists Malokhat Eshonkulova and Elena Urlayeva visited the cotton fields in Pastdargom district in the Samarkand region. During the tour, they talked to cotton pickers, who had been sent to the cotton fields on a compulsory basis and obliged to leave either school or college or their job at the […]

Uzbekistan export of textiles amounted to $ 1.1 billion in 2016

According to the official online periodical UzDaily.uz, Uzbekistan plans to export until the end of 2016 an equivalent of more than $ 1.1 billion in textile, garment and knitwear products. Currently, the company “Uzbekengilsanoat” exports its products to more than 50 countries, including the CIS countries, Europe, China, USA, Canada, the UAE (United Arab Emirates), and […]

In Andijan drivers are forced to pick cotton and give cotton pickers a ride for free

Radio “Ozodlik” interviewed a driver of Andijan, who said that the police stop drivers of private vehicles on the road and force them either to pick cotton or to give cotton pickers a ride.   The driver of the Izbaskan district of Andijan region said:   “They (traffic police) take from drivers their registration certificate […]

„I did not know that it is possible to call somewhere and complain that I have been sent to harvest cotton. Although I could, I still did not call“.

I teach in the Kokand City College of Computer Technologies. We were sent to pick cotton on September 7 for 10 days with an overnight stay. We returned on September 17. The college employs 50 people in total, of which about 60-70% leave for the fields in shifts. We were told that if the inspectors came, […]