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A Systemic Problem: State-Sponsored Forced Labour in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Sector Continues in 2012

Publication Date: 

January 1, 2013

The Government of Uzbekistan has for decades relied on the forced labour of children and adults as a central component of the state-driven cotton production system. In 2012, the Government of Uzbekistan entrenched the use of forced labour in its cotton harvest. A shift in the demographic targeted has rooted the practice even more deeply in the country’s political economy, as an unprecedented mass mobilization of teenage children, university students and both public-sector and private-sector employees accompanied an apparent reduction in the mobilization of children under the age of 15.

2011 ILRF Annual Report

Publication Date: 

October 10, 2012

Check out ILRF's 2011 Annual Report to learn more about our key accomplishments throughout the year. Through our four major campaign areas (Rights for Working Women, Creating a SweatFree World, Freedom at Work and Stop Child and Forced Labor), we continued to fight for just and humane treatment for workers worldwide.

You can support our continued success by making a donation online here.

Chocolate Company Commitments to Ending Abuses in Cocoa Production in West Africa

Publication Date: 

September 27, 2012

Chocolate companies are making a number of efforts to address the issues of forced labour, trafficked labour and exploited child labour in the production of cocoa in West Africa. Over 70% of the world’s cocoa is grown in West Africa.

This sheet aims to provide a brief outline of what progress the chocolate companies have made in the following areas:

Freedom at Work 2012: Democracy and an Economy for All

Publication Date: 

August 23, 2012

In many parts of the world, freedom of association in the workplace has come under increasingly hostile attacks. In 2011, 75 labor activists were murdered and thousands more were harassed, fired, arrested or abducted for defending workers’ rights.

Yet beyond these heinous acts, workers face deep-rooted barriers to realizing the right to freely associate and bargain collectively in the workplace. The increasing mobility of capital, the rise of precarious work, and the growing power of multinational companies all threaten workers’ ability to organize and collectively bargain.

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