Cotton crimes in Uzbekistan
Anti-Slavery International video highlights the use of child labour
Every year in Uzbekistan, the government forces children as young as 9 out of their schools and into cotton fields. Through this state-sanctioned forced child labour, Uzbekistan is the third biggest cotton exporter in the world. Despite international condemnation over the use of child slavery, and despite its own rules, the EU continues to provide Uzbekistan with reduced trading tariffs.
Anti-Slavery International's Cotton Crimes campaign centres on a petition to Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament, which calls for a removal of these preferential trade tariffs. It is Anti-Slavery's hope that, through the short video below, they will reach out, inform and encourage people to act in the interests of the children of Uzbekistan.
Anti-Slavery International, founded in 1839, is the oldest international human rights NGO and only UK charity that deals exclusively with slavery. We work at international, national and local levels to eliminate slavery on a global scale.
Go to www.antislavery.org/cottoncrimes to sign the petition calling on the EU to remove trade preferences for uzbekistan to stop child slavery.