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15 Mar 2015

European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)

Germany: NGO finds cotton traders fail to implement OECD National Contact Points' recommendations on forced labour in Uzbekistan

"The OECD procedures against cotton traders regarding forced child laborHow effective is the implementation of agreements and recommendations?", Oct 2014

In 2011, ECCHR had filed seven OECD complaints in Germany, Switzerland, France and UK. The complaints were addressed against trade houses which sourced cotton from Uzbekistan, which had been harvested through state organized forced labor of children and adults...[I]n six cases, we reached agreements with traders that they pursue with concrete measures to influence the Uzbek government to end forced and child labor. We have closely monitored the implementation of these measures over a period of about one and a half years. We have found that the traders were not willing to take truly effective means and that they did not fully meet the obligations they had committed to....after this implementation phase, there are additional lessons learnt from the OECD procedure that we would like to share. In particular, we want to address the question of how to ensure that the agreements reached in mediation are implemented sustainably and over the long-term...