Pick All the Cotton: Update on Uzbekistan's Use of Forced Child Labor in 2009 Harvest

Publication Date: 

December 4, 2009


International Labor Rights Forum

This report evaluates the continued use of forced child labor in the cotton fields of Uzbekistan.  The update is based on information gathered by human rights defenders within  Uzbekistan from September through November 2009.  Contrary to the government of Uzbekistan’s assertions that it has banned forced child labor, this report indicates that the government continues to compel children to pick cotton, closing schools and using other coercive measures to enforce compliance.