By  on March 24, 2016

WASHINGTON — A human rights organization alleged in a new report that the Uzbekistan government has persecuted independent monitors and failed to undertake reforms to end the systematic use of forced labor in its cotton industry.

The Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights said in its “Harvest Report 2015” that the government continued to force more than a million people to pick cotton and coerced farmers to grow cotton under the threat of penalty, while “making significant efforts to project the appearance of cooperation with the International Labor Organization and to claim compliance with its commitments to the World Bank to apply labor laws.”

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