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3 December 2019 / uzbekistan

Court Orders Continued Detention of Blogger Nafosat Ollashukurova in Psychiatric Hospital

On November 28, the Khorezm Regional Civil Court rejected the request of Nafosat Ollashukurova’s lawyer to release her from forcible detention in a psychiatric clinic where she will now remain for another month.

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The Monitoring Mission accepted recommendations to the Governments of the Central Asia  Republics
1 December 2019 / International

The Monitoring Mission accepted recommendations to the Governments of the Central Asia Republics

The participants of the Third Coordination Meeting of the International Labour Rights Monitoring Mission for Central Asia convened in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) on November 14 through 16, 2019, representing independent trade union and human rights organisations of Belarus, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, the USA, and Uzbekistan, exchanged opinions and information concerning the developments in the region in 2019 and pointed out the persistently grave situation in the Central Asian countries in terms of respect for the labour rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the core Conventions of the International Labour Organisation, along with the widely spread use of forced and child labour in the region, discrimination, particularly, against women and migrant workers, and restrictions imposed on the activities of independent trade unions and efforts to defend labour rights.

We stand for decent work without violence, discrimination and harassment!
25 November 2019 / kyrgyzstan

We stand for decent work without violence, discrimination and harassment!

This year, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, celebrated on 25 November, and 16 days of activism within the framework of the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign are dedicated to strategies of ending violence against women and girls.

21 November 2019 / International

UN CEDAW calls on Kyrgyz and Kazakh authorities to abolish discriminatory lists of professions prohibited for women

United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (UN CEDAW) adopted recommendations to Kazakhstan and formed a list of issues for the Kyrgyzstan authorities during the Committee’s 74th session and 76th pre-session.

Teachers toil in cotton fields as Tajikistan tries to fix trade imbalance
18 November 2019 / tajikistan

Teachers toil in cotton fields as Tajikistan tries to fix trade imbalance

Farmers are forced to grow it. Teachers are forced to pick it. And though everyone loses, the government still thinks cotton will fix its lopsided balance of trade.

Cotton and Corporate Responsibility: Fighting Forced Labor in Xinjiang and Uzbekistan
15 November 2019 / uzbekistan

Cotton and Corporate Responsibility: Fighting Forced Labor in Xinjiang and Uzbekistan

There are considerable differences with regard to forced labor in Uzbekistan and Xinjiang, but there is an underlying corporate responsibility to not engage in human rights abuses.

Uzbekistan: Efforts Underway to End Forced Labor
1 November 2019 / uzbekistan

Uzbekistan: Efforts Underway to End Forced Labor

The Cotton Campaign met with the government of Uzbekistan in Washington last week to discuss reform efforts to end forced labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton harvest, which is currently underway. The Uzbek delegation, headed by Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade Sardor Umurzakov, presented its Roadmap to combat forced labor, which seeks to address the key concerns raised by the Cotton Campaign in its dialogue with the government.