Seven in 10 child laborers around the world work in agriculture and cotton is one of the crops that children sometimes help harvest. In Uzbekistan, state-sponsored child labor occurs as large numbers of school children are forced to leave school and help harvest cotton.

World Bank Responds to Criticism on Uzbek Report

[From Eurasianet.org]

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Reports from the Uzbekistan Cotton Harvest 2010

From: Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights [mailto:cotton.harvest.uzbekistan@googlemail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 4:40 PM


Issue 5, October 12, 2010

Context: Forced Child labour is an endemic and widespread practice in the cotton industry of Uzbekistan.  According to experts, between 1.5 and 2 million schoolchildren between ages 10-16 are forced by the local authorities to pick cotton each harvest season from September until the end of November. This practice has been in place and almost unchanged since the Stalin era. Observers claim that forced child labor is orchestrated by the Uzbek central government, which in turn, denies its responsibility for it.

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Senator Harkin Draws Attention to Child Labor in Uzbekistan with Resolution

S.RES.99
Title: A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the Government of Uzbekistan should immediately enforce its existing domestic legislation and fulfill its international commitments aimed at ending state-sponsored forced and child labor.
Sponsor: Sen Harkin, Tom [IA] (introduced 4/2/2009)      Cosponsors (2)
Latest Major Action: 4/2/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

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