Uzbekistan: Cotton Slave Labor Out, Human Rights Ombudsman In?

People picking cotton in 2014. The use of forced labor has been a regular feature of cotton harvests in post-Soviet Uzbekistan, but in mid-September, the Uzbek government recalled school children and state workers from the fields and vowed to end the practice. (Photo: Matthew Goulding via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Just as the annual cotton-picking season entered its most intense phase in mid-September, the government made a surprise announcement to recall students and state workers from the fields.
 

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Uzbekistan: Cotton Slave Labor Out, Human Rights Ombudsman In?

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