Rferl on 13 August reported that Uzbek authorities have paid more than a half-million dollars to a US public-relations firm to run a campaign aimed at lifting an international boycott against Uzbek cotton over the country’s use of forced labour to harvest the crop. Rights groups launched a boycott campaign in 2006 to force Uzbekistan to end its long-running state-controlled practice of forced labour – a policy that forces millions of citizens, including children, to pick cotton and meet harvest quotas. Since coming to power in 2016, President Shavkat Mirziyoev has gradually introduced laws aimed at eliminating forced labour and child labour but the article says that NGO claim the use is still rampant in the cotton sector and that some agricultural reforms closely mimic the previous system.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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