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Uzbekistan addresses forced labour in state-run cotton industry

By: William HILDERBRANDT Follow | Stéphanie CHEVAL | Camille FEVRIER | Sonia BARITELLO
14 min

For a decade, hundreds of Western firms have boycotted cotton from one of the world's largest producers, Uzbekistan. That's because the country is accused of using one of the largest state-orchestrated systems of forced labour to exploit the crop. But recently, the government has changed some of its labour policies. We take a closer look.


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