On 17 May 2023, at 9:30 a.m., a session of the Constitutional Court of the KR will be held, at which the petition of the Human Rights Movement "Bir Duino - Kyrgyzstan" will be considered on recognition of paragraphs 2 and 3 of Article 17 of the Law of the KR on Non-Profit Organizations as contradicting Articles 2 (Part 2), 8 (Part 1), 23 (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), 32 ( Parts 1, 2), 36 of the Constitution of the KR. Article 36 of the Constitution of the KR guarantees everyone the right to freedom of association, which is the basic value of society and the State. This right may be restricted only for the purpose of protecting national security, public order, public health and morals, and protecting the rights and freedoms of people.More
Kazakhstan: stop corrupt practices in oil and gas region, respect workers and their unions
The ITUC demands that the government of Kazakhstan immediately implements ILO recommendations, restores the status of the Trade Union of Fuel and Energy Industry Workers as the recognised sectoral union and carries out reforms to tackle discrimination in the sector.
Belarus: Trade union activity is not extremism!
The campaign "Trade Union Activity - Not Extremism!" was launched to draw international attention to the situation of workers’ rights in Belarus.
UZBEK COTTON HARVEST 2022: NO SYSTEMATIC FORCED LABOR OF PICKERS BUT GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF THE COTTON SECTOR PUTS FARMERS AND WORKERS AT RISK
During the 2022 cotton harvest, Uzbek Forum monitors found no evidence of systematic, government-imposed forced labor for the second consecutive year. While this is a strong indication that efforts by the government to eliminate child and adult forced labor have taken hold, isolated incidents of forced labor and extortion to pay for the cotton harvest were identified in some districts with low populations and insufficient numbers of pickers and during the later stages of the harvest when less cotton in the fields makes recruitment of voluntary pickers more challenging. In general however, wages for pickers were sufficient to recruit adequate numbers to the fields, providing important supplementary income to rural communities.
Saida Mirziyoyeva comments on the law providing for criminal liability for involving teachers in forced labor
The Senate approved the law, which provides for punishment up to criminal liability for involving teachers in forced labor. Saida Mirziyoyeva called it a big phenomenon in the field of education.
NO PLACE FOR INDEPENDENT COTTON COOPERATIVES IN NEW UZBEKISTAN
Since the privatization of Uzbekistan’s cotton sector began in 2019, farmers throughout the country have repeatedly complained of illegal land confiscations and exploitative contracts with private cotton clusters. Blank contracts with no minimum price for their cotton, inflated prices for fuel and fertilizers, failure to pay for delivered cotton, along with unrealistically high production targets, which can result in land confiscation if unfulfilled, have plunged thousands of farmers into debt and despair.
WILL UZBEKISTAN’S FIRST DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED TRADE UNION SURVIVE?
BY CHANGING THE STATUS OF EMPLOYEES TO “SERVICE PROVIDERS”, INDORAMA AGRO IS DECIMATING UNION MEMBERSHIP. INTERNATIONAL STAKEHOLDERS INCLUDING EBRD, IFC AND BCI MUST ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LABOR STANDARDS. On December 28, 2022, 392 workers of Indorama Agro in the Syrdarya region of Uzbekistan were told that their contracts as Nano Unit Workers (NUWs) would not be extended. Instead, they would be given new “service contracts”, whereby the former NUWs would be required to grow cotton and grain for the company for a paltry fee and assume all of the associated entrepreneurial risks. The new contracts effectively ended their employment relationship with the company although the work and activities set out in them are almost identical to those in their previous contracts.