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Published on Friday, 11 November 2016

EU gives green light to Uzbekistan cotton deal

Written by John Mowbray

LONDON – The International Trade Committee of the European Parliament, the powerful EU trade body, has given the green light to a textile trade deal with Uzbekistan which had been vehemently opposed by anti-slavery activists who had claimed the deal would see the EU profiting from forced labour in Uzbekistan's cotton controversial industry. The deal revises a 2011 decision by the European Parliament to put on hold Uzbekistan cotton imports over allegations of child and forced labour in the Uzbek cotton industry.


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