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8 Sep 2015

Concerns that Uzbek cotton harvest will again use forced labour - firms alleged to have supported 2014 harvest


In April 2015, the Uzbek-German Forum reported that multinationals in Uzbekistan supported the 2014 cotton harvest, which alledgedly used "systematic, mass forced mobilization of labor". The Uzbek-German Forum indicated that some of these companies claim that this support is required by the Uzbek authorities. Companies have allegedly provided workers for, and contributed financially to, the harvest.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited these companies to state their position on support of the 2015 cotton harvest. General Motors, TeliaSonera, Telenor and VimpelCom responed. Their statements are below.

Company Responses

TeliaSonera View Response
Telenor View Response
VEON (formerly VimpelCom) View Response
General Motors View Response