Uzbekistan: New NGO report says firms continue purchasing forced-labour produced cotton & local firms send staff to pick cotton

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Company non-response
18 December 2013

Daewoo International (part of Posco) did not respond to: Cotton Campaign review of 2013 cotton harvest says forced & child labour continues despite presence of Intl. Labour Organization observers.

Company non-response
18 December 2013

Shurtanneftegaz did not respond to: Cotton Campaign review of 2013 cotton harvest says forced & child labour continues despite presence of Intl. Labour Organization observers.

Company non-response
18 December 2013

Trustbank (Uzbekistan) did not respond to: Cotton Campaign review of 2013 cotton harvest says forced & child labour continues despite presence of Intl. Labour Organization observers

Company response
12 December 2013

[Indorama response to Cotton Campaign’s report raising concerns about forced-labour produced cotton

Author: Indorama

...Indorama is not involved directly or indirectly in the process of cotton farming and/or harvesting in the country. There are absolutely no occurrences of child or forced labor at our facilities in Uzbekistan or anywhere else. Furthermore, there are assurances from the government that the cotton our facilities procure from the local companies for further processing, is not harvested using any form of child or forced labor.

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Company non-response
27 November 2013

GM Uzbekistan (joint venture General Motors & UzAvtosanoat) did not respond to: Cotton Campaign review of 2013 cotton harvest says forced & child labour continues despite presence of Intl. Labour Organization observers

Article
27 November 2013

[PDF] Review of the 2013 cotton harvest in Uzbekistan: State forced-labour system continues

Author: Cotton Campaign

...The Uzbek government systematically forced farmers to produce state-established quotas and children and adults to pick cotton in one of the largest state-orchestrated systems of forced labour in the world...[T]he government coercively mobilized over a million citizens, including children as young as age 15, to cultivate and pick cotton. Despite the presence of International Labour Organization (ILO) observers, the government silenced Uzbek human rights monitors through arrest, imprisonment and intimidation. Eleven citizens lost their lives as a result of the forced-labour system...The forced-labour produced cotton from the 2013 harvest is destined primarily for firms in China and Bangladesh, and secondarily for firms operating in Uzbekistan, such as Daewoo International and Indorama...In Surkandarya region, authorities ordered private businesses with ten or more employees to send...half of their staff to pick cotton. In September, Trastbank sent one-fifth of its staff, and the Shurtanneftgaz gas exploration company sent shifts of 800 workers to pick cotton. GM Uzbekistan sent 32 people to pick cotton, nine of the company’s own employees and the rest hired workers. [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Daewoo International, Indorama, Trustbank, Shurtanneftegaz & GM Uzbekistan to respond. Indorama response provided. Daewoo International, Trustbank, Shurtanneftegaz & GM Uzbekistan did not respond.]

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