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Uzbekistan trying to avoid child labour in cotton industry
Author: Uznews.net, Published on: 12 September 2008
The Uzbek authorities, fearing the global boycott of Uzbek cotton, are taking measures to reap a new cotton harvest without child labour, but will they manage it fully?...A human rights activist...said that schoolchildren and students are continuing their studies at the moment, but, he said, rumours are spreading that at least college and university students may be taken to cotton fields within 10 days…A campaign launched by NGOs against forced child labour in the Uzbek cotton industry has forced the Uzbek government to respect child rights. The authorities had been exploiting child labour on a large scale and ruthlessly in the past...Tesco, Wal-Mart, Gap, H&M, Marimeko, C&A and others, have declared a boycott against Uzbek cotton and warned their suppliers in Asia and other parts of the world.