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Uzbekistan is today producing the world’s dirtiest cotton and if the Uzbek government does not take urgent action to rid the industry of forced labour and forced child labour in the cultivation and picking of the fibre it will be frozen out of world markets.

This was the message today delivered to the Uzbek President Islam Karimov by the Global Union Federation for Textile, Garment and Leather Workers, the ITGLWF. The Global Union claims that in spite of promises made by the Uzbek government to eliminate forced labour and forced child labour, and in spite of major leading brands having banned the use of Uzbek cotton in their products, forced labour and child labour is even more rampant and abusive during the 2009 harvest.

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