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7 Sep 2015

Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights

Report of human rights abuses in Uzbekistan’s 2014 cotton harvest

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"The Government’s Riches, the People’s Burden", April 2015

..In 2014 the government of Uzbekistan carried out a program of mass extortion and increased its use of systematic, mass forced mobilization of labor to harvest cotton... Two multinational companies – Telia Sonera and Telenor – have publically acknowledged supporting the forced labor system through contributions in 2014, claiming it is a prerequisite for conducting business in Uzbekistan, and employees of a third, General Motors, reported that they were again sent to pick cotton...