Monitoring of Forced Labor during Cotton Harvest Campaign in Turkmenistan, Part I

Publication Date: 

September 1, 2013

Despite the fact that on May 15, 1997 Turkmenistan signed and ratified the ILO Convention #105, which prohibits forced labor, and Convention #29 on forced labor, every year tens of thousands of residents of Turkmenistan are forced to harvest cotton. In so doing Turkmenistan is violating the responsibilities taken on by joining the ILO and violating its own labor law, chapter 8 of which defines forced labor as “all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily.”

Child Labor in Cottonseed Production: Investigation and Advocacy

Publication Date: 

July 8, 2013
With support from the International Labor Rights Forum, Prayas Centre for Labor Research and Action investigated the incidence of child labor in cottonseed production and cotton ginning in Gujarat, and carried out advocacy with state, civil society, and business against the persistence of child labor in these two sectors. This report documents the findings and efforts in the cottonseed sector.

Open letter to Senators Mitchell and Snowe

Publication Date: 

June 27, 2013

Dear Senators Mitchell and Snowe:

In the last eight years, more than 1,800 garment workers have been killed in preventable factory fires and building collapses in Bangladesh. They have died because global apparel brands have demanded clothing to be manufactured at the lowest prices in the world, and because the government and industry have ignored safety standards to keep down costs.

Tariff Act Complaint: ILRF Calls on U.S. Customs Service to Halt Imports of Forced Labor Cotton from Uzbekistan

Publication Date: 

May 15, 2013

Formal Tariff Act Complaint against the importation of cotton from Uzbekistan grown and harvested with forced labor filed with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Under the Tariff Act of 1930, the U.S. Customs Service is required to deny entry to goods that arrive at U.S. ports that contain materials made with forced labor.

Watch a video of the ILRF discussing the Tariff Act with members of congress: