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Europe blocks Uzbek cotton harvested with child labour
International groups denounce the continuing exploitation of children as young as 9, forced to pick cotton for months without going to school. The EU rejects an agreement on tax relief for Uzbek cotton. Tashkent, however appears unwilling to change.
30/04/2005 UZBEKISTAN TAJIKISTAN TURKMENISTAN
Cotton in Central Asia: a story of poverty, environmental degradation and labour exploitation
Child illiteracy and child labour are the continent's main social ills
One fifth of India's GNP is generated by exploited minors working in farming sector.
Open letter against child labour calls for Uzbek cotton boycott
Human rights activists denounce Uzbek state for forcing pupils to leave schools to pick cotton at low wages. Profits go to politicians. Clothing retailers join the boycott, but the campaign is proving controversial. Teacher tells of her experience.
Education and learning against child exploitation, says Lenin Raghuvanshi
On World Day against Child Labour, the Indian activist calls for better schooling for everyone as the only solution to the problem. Some 55 million children live in slave-like conditions, especially among the lowest castes of society.
15/06/2015 UNITED NATIONS – CENTRAL ASIA
For Ban Ki-moon, respect for human rights is key for peace in Central Asia
The UN secretary-general calls on Kyrgyz authorities to investigate 2010inter-ethnic clashes. In Uzbekistan, he calls for an end to forced labour in cotton fields. In Turkmenistan, he calls for unfettered access for independent observers to the country’s prisons.
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