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Uzbek NGOs Letter of Complaint to the Inspection Panel at the World Bank

The text of the complaint sent to the World Bank Inspection Panel demanding an investigation into the World Bank Rural Enterprise Support Project – Phase II, which failed to address the systemic nature of forced labor in the cotton sector in Uzbekistan, thus paving the way for additional support and making the World Bank complicit in the coerced exploitation of Uzbek civil servants, medical personnel and teachers and their students, whose backs support the cotton industry.

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A Systemic Problem: State-Sponsored Forced Labor in Uzbekistan Cotton Sector 2012

Report by the Uzbek German Forum and the Cotton Campaign on the ongoing systemic problem of forced labor in the Uzbekistan cotton sector in 2012

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Uzbekistan – Report from the Cotton Fields Spring 2013

Reports from local human rights researchers on forced labor in various regions of Uzbekistan; civil servants, medical personnel and teachers and students alike forced to weed and clear the fields for planting cotton for the profit of a small group of high government officials. Students yanked out of class just ahead of final exams were assured that their work in the fields would be rewarded with good grades. Whew! Had me worried there, for a moment.

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2013 Trafficking in Persons Report

The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue. Worldwide, the report is used by international organizations, foreign governments, and nongovernmental organizations alike as a tool to examine where resources are most needed. Freeing victims, preventing trafficking, and bringing traffickers to justice are the ultimate goals of the report and of the U.S Government’s anti-human trafficking policy.

In the TIP Report, the Department of State places each country onto one of three tiers based on the extent of their governments’ efforts to comply with the “minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking” found in Section 108 of the TVPA. While Tier 1 is the highest ranking, it does not mean that a country has no human trafficking problem. On the contrary, a Tier 1 ranking indicates that a government has acknowledged the existence of human trafficking, made efforts to address the problem, and complies with the TVPA’s minimum standards.

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The Right to Education

This week at Media Voices, we have a trailer for a film that reminds us that poor children have a right not just to education, but to quality in their education. Daniela Kon’s film, Talibe, exposes a persistent issue with some Islamic boarding schools in Senegal, where teachers treat their students as cash cows, requiring [...]

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2012 List of Goods Produced by Child Labor and Forced Labor

2012 report by DOL/ILAB required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act on goods produced using child labor or forced labor worldwide. See also the 2011 DOL Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, which is a file too long for us to upload, but well worth reading.

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Understanding the Sumangali Scheme

A May 2012 report by the Fair Labor Association on the Sumangali Scheme in the South India textile industry. The textile and clothing industry in India employs an estimated 35 million people, and much of the country’s production occurs in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Behind the scenes of this bustling industry, a troubling practice called the Sumangali Scheme continues to put the rights and lives of millions of young women at risk. In May 2012, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and Solidaridad-South & South East Asia released a research report on the Sumangali Scheme – the practice of paying young women a lump sum to be used for a dowry at the end of a three-year term. Written by Solidaridad with support from the FLA, this report provides an overview of the Sumangali Scheme, presents stakeholder views, and offers the perspectives of some of the women and their families who are affected by this practice.

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Slavery on the High Street

2012 Anti-Slavery International report on the routine use of forced labor of girls and young women in the spinning mills and garment factories of five Indian clothing manufacturers that supply major western clothing retail brands.

These were SP Apparel, Bannari Amman, SCM, Eastman and Prem Group. Export data from two Indian ports confirms dozens of major western brands purchasing garments from these companies.

The Indian companies recruit unmarried girls and women from poor ‘lower’ caste families to be spinners in their mills or workers in their factories. Around 60 per cent have a Dalit (“untouchable”) background.

Framework of Action on Child Labour in Agriculture

Global March Against Child Labour International Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture Washington DC, USA July 28-30, 2012 This International Conference on Child Labour in Agriculture (28-30 July 2012, Washington D.C., U.S.A.): • organised by the Global March Against Child Labour; • and attended by 156 participants from governments, intergovernmental agencies, trade unions, teacher organisations, [...]

A Rude Surprise!

I’ve never considered myself a slave owner. My house is filled with normal stuff; some furniture, clothes, quite a bit of music and books and an 80-year-old piano. So imagine my surprise when I recently completed the survey at SLAVERY FOOTPRINT, a new web site and mobile app, to discover that my lifestyle is made [...]

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Letter to Secretary Clinton on Uzbekistan

June 28, 2011 Honorable Hillary Clinton Secretary of State US Department of State Washington, DC 20520 Dear Secretary Clinton, We represent a broad spectrum of stakeholders that share a continued concern over the widespread use of forced child labor in the cotton sector in Uzbekistan. We thank you and your staff for your attention to [...]

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Forced Child Labor in Uzbekistan

I was 11 years old. My mom, a teacher in a middle school in Tashkent, came home in tears and said that she had to go work in the cotton fields to help with the harvest. My mom didn’t owe the government a thing, she never had anything to do with cotton or agriculture. But [...]

Food for Thought as 2010 Draws to a Close

This Week at Media Voices, our focus is on child labor, poor children in wealthy countries, hunger and malnutrition and the stunning story of a young man fighting the system to turn his urban neighborhood into a garden.

Time to Review Child and Forced Labour Lists in the US?

Many people working in development will by now be aware of the List of Goods Produced by Child or Forced Labour published by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL), the second version of which was recently published. The initiative was designed to inform the public of goods from various countries that the USDOL’s Bureau [...]

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List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor (2010)

The US Department of Labor issues its annual list of goods produced with child labor or forced labor

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Time to Raise the Bar

This report, prepared by Global Exchange, Green America, the International Labor Rights Forum and Oasis USA examines the actual performance of the Hershey company vis à vis their corporate social responsibility policies, with respect to sourcing cocoa, lack of transparency, abuses of worker rights in the United States etc.

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Child Labor at a Crossroads

This week at Media Voices we report on renewed efforts to end child labor in the cocoa fields of West Africa and the farms and orchards of America. We also have a Viewpoint from Nick Grisewood, The Executive Director of the Global March to End Child Labor, about the importance of integrating efforts to end [...]

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Soccer Fever

We in the US are avid sports fans. Whether watching, playing, or cheering for our favorite sports teams, we make sports a central part of our lives. And after years of mild interest, it appears that US citizens have finally added soccer to their list of favorite sporting events. An estimated 19 million viewers tuned [...]

Public Meeting Offers Advice to Group dedicated to Eliminating Child Labor

Last week on May 29, 2010, a public meeting of the Consultative Group to Eliminate the Use of Child Labor and Forced Labor in Imported Agricultural Products was held at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to solicit advice from the public regarding recommendations and ways to reduce the importation of agricultural products and other commodities [...]

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The Tip of the Iceberg- Stopping Child Labor in Uzbek Cotton Fields

Yesterday,  an important event occurred  in Washington, D.C. at midday in front of the Embassy of Uzbekistan. The purpose was to rally and picket to end the use of forced child labor in picking cotton in Uzbek fields. Remarkably, the use of  millions of children as a pool of forced laborers has been official Uzbek [...]