On October 7, 2022, the next online meeting of the National Council of “Independent Civil Society” was held.
Issues related to the 2022 cotton picking season in Uzbekistan, particularly forced labor, child labor, and working conditions created for pickers were discussed there.
Council member Zahidjon Zakirov has been in several districts of Namangan region since the beginning of September and talked with cotton pickers. He studied the working conditions in the fields, the conditions of compliance with the hygiene rules, the provision of free food for the pickers and their quality level.
Also, he immediately sent a notice to the relevant organizations regarding the objects where child labor was committed, and warned them that it is necessary to take measures to prevent such violations of the law.
You can watch the full form of the interview here.