WASHINGTON — The International Labor Rights Forum, a human and labor rights watchdog group, filed a formal complaint on Wednesday with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, seeking to have shipments of products containing cotton from Uzbekistan banned from the U.S. because of the country’s use of forced labor.
The ILRF complaint calls on Customs to issue an immediate detention order on all future and pending cotton goods manufactured by Daewoo International Corp., Indorama Corp. and other companies processing cotton in Uzbekistan. Daewoo International, a South Korea-based company owned by the steel manufacturer Posco, and Indorama Cotton, a Singapore-based multinational that produces yarn, fabrics and organic cotton products, are two of the largest processors of Uzbek cotton, according to the ILRF.
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