end Cotton crimes Watch: new documentary from this year's harvest on the forced labour system in the Uzbek cotton industry
STOP THE EU-UZBEKISTAN TRADE DEAL“You work like a slave from morning till night, not enough food, [we] sleep and wake up hungry again.” - student of Andijan Agricultural Institute, Uzbekistan, 17 September 2016.
Every year the Government of Uzbekistan, one of the world’s largest exporters of cotton, forces hundreds of thousands of people out of their regular jobs and sends them to the cotton fields to toil for weeks in arduous and hazardous conditions. Some have even died in fields from extreme heat and accidents.
Our new short documentary, above, documents abuses in this year's harvest and disproves the Government's claims that Uzbek people pick cotton voluntarily.
Unfortunately the European Parliament passed the Textile Protocol, an EU-Uzbekistan trade deal that will lower tariffs for import of Uzbek cotton to the European Union.
Anti-Slavery International will continue to work support the work of independent monitors and to pressure the European Parliament to reconsider their decision if forced labour is not eradicated once and for all.
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