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Child Labor in Fall 2008 Uzbek Cotton Harvest

Publication Date: 

November 11, 2008

This new report from the International Labor Rights Forum and a group of human rights defenders in Uzbekistan documents continued child labor in cotton fields in Uzbekistan in the Fall 2008 harvest season. Contrary to the government of Uzbekistan’s assertions that it has banned forced child labor, recent information suggests it continues to compel children as young as 11 and 12 to pick cotton, closing schools and using other coercive measures to enforce compliance.

The Sour Taste of Pineapple

Publication Date: 

October 20, 2008

Since the 1960’s, pineapple production has quadrupled and export has tripled worldwide. While profits for some have tremendously expanded under such development, this report demonstrates how pineapple workers, their families and communities, and the environment in the largest pineapple producing nations have not enjoyed the benefits of such growth.

Sweatshop Solutions?

Publication Date: 

October 10, 2008

This is an account of a particularly abusive factory in Bangladesh which produces children’s wear, primarily for Wal-Mart. It reveals how one of the world’s most powerful companies is influencing lives and working conditions in one of the poorest countries in the world.

Forced Child Labor in Uzbekistan’s 2008 Spring Agricultural Season

Publication Date: 

October 10, 2008

At the end of March and in early April this year, Uzbekistan’s parliament ratified the ILO Convention on Minimal Age of Employment (No. 138, 1973) and the Convention on Prohibition and Immediate Action for Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour (No. 182, 1999). The very next month, however, under the direction of Uzbekistan’s central government, local authorities and school administrations forced thousands of children out to the fields for spring agricultural work.

Wal-Mart Workers in China

Publication Date: 

October 8, 2008

On September 29, ILRF and the National Labor College co-hosted a discussion with Anita Chan and Jeff Fiedler on Wal-Mart workers in China and the All China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU).

Anita Chan is a scholar at the Australian National University and has researched and written extensively on Chinese workers in the last two decades. Jeff Fiedler is President of the Research Associates of America and a member of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.