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UGF letter re systemic use of forced labour by Maxam-Chirchiq & Ammofos- Maxam
Author: Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights, Published on: 28 January 2019
On behalf of the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights (UGF), I am writing to draw your attention to the systemic use of forced labour by the Uzbek-Spanish joint ventures Maxam-Chirchiq and Ammofos-Maxam, located respectively in the cities of Chirchiq and Almalyk in the Tashkent region of Uzbekistan...Our research has found that forced labour at Maxam-Chirchiq and Ammofos-Maxam is not limited to picking cotton. In the summer of 2018, 120 employees of Maxam-Chirchiq were forced to go to the city of Akhangaran every day (located 82 km from Chirchiq) to work on demolishing buildings and clearing construction waste...We are aware of two deaths of employees of Maxam-Chirchiq and Ammofos-Maxam related to work in the cotton fields during the harvests of 2014 and 2018...In light of these tragic events we are calling for: • An independent investigation into the use of forced labour at both Maxam-Chirchiq and Ammofos-Maxam and that the findings of the investigation are made public; • Measures to be implemented that prevent the use of forced labour of employees of companies in future; • Meetings with the families of the deceased to agree payment of appropriate compensation for their losses.