Aug 01, 2016

Cotton Campaign: Hold Uzbekistan Accountable

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The Cotton Campaign, a global coalition of human rights and labor organizations, recently submitted a letter to the World Bank urging the institution to incentivize the Uzbekistan government to end its use of forced labor in the agriculture sector. During the cotton harvest season, the government of Uzbekistan systematically uses the forced labor of more than one million people to pick cotton. One of the persons subjected to forced labor together with labor monitors subjected to abuse filed a complaint against the World bank’s private lending arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), to investigate the forced labor issues linked with a $40 million loan to Indorama Kokand Textile operating in Uzbekistan. Read more here.