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21 Mar 2016

International Labor Rights Forum

Intl. petition calls on World Bank to suspend agricultural loans to Uzbekistan until govt. changes its policy of forced labor in cotton sector

"Uzbek and global activists petition World Bank President to suspend payments", 9 March 2016

...Uzbek civil society activists and more than 140,000 people from around the world presented a petition to World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim, calling on the Bank to suspend lending to the agriculture sector in Uzbekistan until the Uzbek government changes its policy of forced labor in the cotton industry...The World Bank has allocated loans for the development of agriculture in Uzbekistan totaling half a billion dollars. The Uzbek government’s use of forced labor violated its contracts with the World Bank, which required the government to abide by its own labor laws – including laws that ban forced and child labor – in the areas where the World Bank projects were to operate.