Uzbekistan: Activists Detained Photographing Child Cotton Pickers
Two Uzbek rights activists say they were detained by police for taking pictures of schoolchildren picking cotton in the southern Kashkadarya region,
the Uzbek Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports..
Gulshan Karayeva and Nodor Ahatov, members of Uzbekistan's Human Rights Society, were held by local authorities for 10 hours on September 15 while taking the photos:
We saw the fourth-graders picking the cotton as we were monitoring allegations of child labor in our region," Karayeva told RFE/RL.
"[The students] pick cotton from the early morning till the afternoon and then they are supposed to go to school afterward," she added.
Police destroyed all the notes the pair had taken while observing the child labor, including the children's names.
Karayeva said she initially succeeded in hiding the digital camera card from police before they searched her from "head to toe" and confiscated the card, said RFE/RL.
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