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As Uzbekistan's Annual Cotton Fair Opens, Human Rights Groups Call for Boycott

Uzbekistan's annual cotton fair opened yesterday in Tashkent, with more than 300 companies from 34 countries participating and expectations that at least 600,000 tons of cotton will be sold this year, the state news site gazeta.uz reported. Local and international human rights groups continued to protest that forced child labor is once again the source of some of the output, the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights said in a newsletter published October 12.

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As Uzbekistan's Annual Cotton Fair Opens, Human Rights Groups Call for Boycott

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