“We Can’t Refuse to Pick Cotton”: Forced and Child Labor Linked to World Bank Group Investments in Uzbekistan

This report details how the Uzbek government forced students, teachers, medical workers, other government employees, private-sector employees, and sometimes children to harvest cotton in 2015 and 2016, as well as to weed the fields and plant cotton in the spring of 2016. The government has threatened to fire people, stop welfare payments, and suspend or expel students if they refuse to work in the cotton fields.

https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/report_pdf/uzbekistan0617_web_3.pdf

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