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Cotton Crimes

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Nike action success!

Thank you for joining our campaign calling on Nike to stop doing business with Daewoo, a company that knowingly profits from state-sponsored forced labour of adults and children in Uzbekistan. Great news – together our campaign spurred Nike into action and the company has now finally cut all its ties to Daewoo. Now we are turning our attention directly to Daewoo directly, a giant international company that refuses to stop their dealings with forced labour produced Uzbek cotton.


You may have heard of Daewoo cars or electronics but did you know that Daewoo is the largest processor of slave labour-picked Uzbek cotton?

In Uzbekistan’s last cotton harvest, eleven citizens forced to pick cotton lost their lives. The tragic losses included Tursunali Sadikov, a 63-year old farmer who died of a heart attack after being beaten by an official of the Department of Internal Affairs, and Amirbek Rakhmatov, a six-year schoolboy who accompanied his mother to the cotton fields, napped in a trailer, and suffocated when cotton was loaded on top of him.

Daewoo has continued doing business in Uzbekistan even after publicly acknowledging that the Uzbek government uses forced labour to produce the cotton it buys and processes.

Call on Daewoo to send a strong message to the Uzbek government that forced labour cannot continue by:
  • stopping operations in Uzbekistan and until the ILO has verified this practice has ended.
  • publicly pledging its opposition to the Uzbek government’s forced-labour system.

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