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7 April 2022 / uzbekistan

Significant risks” remain in Uzbek cotton sector

In this guest column written exclusively for Apparel Insider, Lynn Schweisfurth of the Uzbek Forum for Human Rights argues that while the end of systematic forced labour in the cotton fields of Uzbekistan is an important landmark, significant human rights risks remain. While the Uzbek Government celebrates the end of the boycott of Uzbek cotton following the eradication of systematic, state-imposed forced labour, farmers find themselves at the mercy of a system rigged against them.

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Kyrgyzstan: Spate of Criminal Cases Against Journalists. Stop Harassing Independent Media
1 April 2022 / kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan: Spate of Criminal Cases Against Journalists. Stop Harassing Independent Media

“The Kyrgyz authorities say they protect freedom of expression, yet try to silence critical voices and clamp down on independent media through criminal investigations and bogus charges,” said Syinat Sultanalieva, Central Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The authorities should release Taalaibek Duishenbiev, and drop all unfounded charges against him and other media targets that violate the right to freedom of expression.”

Month under sanctions: How the lives of migrants from Kyrgyzstan changed
29 March 2022 / kyrgyzstan

Month under sanctions: How the lives of migrants from Kyrgyzstan changed

Despite the reduction in the number of jobs in Russia and depreciation of the ruble, the Cabinet of Ministers of Kyrgyzstan does not expect a mass return of compatriots. They believe that even if they do return, it will not be for long, as it was the case during the lockdown. The Minister of Economy Daniyar Amangeldiev is sure that Kyrgyz nationals, who were laid off, will find other jobs. If not, the Cabinet will try to redirect them to other countries, as there are few vacancies in Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan: Release jailed lawyer, permit protests against Ukraine war
27 March 2022 / kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan: Release jailed lawyer, permit protests against Ukraine war

Toktakunov was involved in the defense of one of the human rights activists who demonstrated the war on Ukraine outside the Russian Embassy in Bishkek on 17 March 2022. During the protest itself, he was video recorded in conversation with police officers outside the Russian Embassy where he made negative remarks about the country’s judges in general. On this basis, judge Ubaibullo Satinkulov sentenced Toktakunov to 5 days jail.

Make safe and healthy work a fundamental right this International Workers’ Memorial Day – 28 April #IWMD22
16 February 2022 / International

Make safe and healthy work a fundamental right this International Workers’ Memorial Day – 28 April #IWMD22

Workers’ unions are pressing their demand this International Workers’ Memorial Day #IWMD22 to finally make health and safety at work a fundamental principle and right.

Hundreds Rally In Restive Kazakh Town Following Deadly Mass Protests
8 February 2022 / kazakhstan

Hundreds Rally In Restive Kazakh Town Following Deadly Mass Protests

ZHANAOZEN, Kazakhstan -- Hundreds of residents of Kazakhstan’s restive town of Zhanaozen have rallied for several days to demand jobs after deadly anti-government protests that shook the country last month. The protesters gathered in front of the town’s administration on February 7, the sixth day of their rallies, saying that 2,500 men and women demand jobs in the local oil industry from the local and central government.

ILO downgrades labour market recovery forecast for 2022
19 January 2022 / International

ILO downgrades labour market recovery forecast for 2022

The ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook Trends 2022 report warns of a slow and uncertain recovery, as the pandemic continues to have a significant impact on global labour markets.