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On Forced Labor in Uzbekistan

November 19, 2015 Ms. Laura Tuck, Vice President for Sustainable Development Mr. Cyrill Muller, Vice President for Europe and Central Asia The World Bank 1818 H St, NW Washington, DC 20433 …
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April 12, 2013 The Honorable John F. Kerry Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520 Dear Secretary Kerry: The Cotton Campaign is a global coalition of companies, human rights NGOs, industry associations,…
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Letter to EU Member States’ Foreign Ministers

Dear Foreign Minister: We are writing to you subsequent to the violence in Andijan, eastern Uzbekistan, where possibly hundreds of demonstrators were killed by Uzbek security forces on May 13, to urge the European Union to suspend the Partnership and…
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Letter to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Letter regarding the upcoming one-year assessment of the Uzbek government’s compliance with the series of benchmarks adopted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in its March 2003 country strategy for Uzbekistan. We are turning…
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Dear President Lemierre, I am writing to share with you Human Rights Watch’s perspective on how last month’s annual meeting in Tashkent affected the human rights environment in Uzbekistan, and to provide an update on recent human rights developments in…
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Human Rights Watch welcomes the acknowledgement by the Ecuadorian banana industry of child labor in that sector and the drafting of an agreement to address the problem. In particular, we commend the industry for strengthening its commitment to uphold…
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In May 2002, Human Rights Watch joined fifty-three other non-governmental organizations in writing to EBRD President Jean Lemierre to express concern about the detrimental impact of holding the meeting in Tashkent on respect for human rights in Uzbekistan…
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WIDESPREAD LABOR ABUSE ON BANANA PLANTATIONS IN ECUADOR Ecuadorian children as young as eight work on banana plantations in hazardous conditions, while adult workers fear being fired if they try to exercise their right to organize, Human Rights Watch…