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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.

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.

Children and Student Participation in Tajikistan's Cotton Harvest, Annual Assessment 2012

Publication Date: 

January 1, 2013

A product of the ongoing ‘Monitoring of Children and Students in the Cotton Fields in Tajikistan’ project conducted by International Organization for Migration (IOM) and sponsored by the United States
Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), this report
represents the third annual assessment of the project’s monitoring, analytic, and preventative measures.
As in previous years, the project’s objective remains the provision of assistance to the Government of

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:

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