Jul 12, 2016 by members

Uzbekistan: Forced Labor Linked to World Bank Corporate Loan

Coalition member Human Rights Watch reports that three human rights defenders have lodged a formal complaint against the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) regarding forced labor in the Uzbek cotton industry. The complaint demands an investigation of forced labor linked to Indorama Kokand Textile, a cotton processing company and recent recipient of a $40 million loan from the IFC. This loan is seen to support the coercive cotton production industry controlled by the Uzbek government and to perpetuate a system where over a million people are forced to harvest cotton every year. For human rights activists, this sets a dangerous precedent where the World Bank and IFC disregard their own labor standards and use public funds to help an abusive industry profit from forced labor. Read more here.