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.
Now the European Parliament is proposing to pass the Textile Protocol, an EU-Uzbekistan trade deal that would lower tariffs for import of Uzbek cotton to the European Union.
The vote in the plenary is planned for 14 December.
Together with our parnters we developed five points for the European Parliament
should consider before allowing Uzbek cotton into European markets. We have to stop this deal!
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