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Uzbekistan Abolishes State-Sponsored Cotton System That Encouraged Forced Labor

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Moving a step closer to eradicating forced labor in the cultivation of cotton in Uzbekistan, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has signed a decree ordering the abolition of the state-order system for cotton crops. This is meant to put a final end to the long-time arrangement that encouraged forced labor, particularly in the seasonal harvesting of cotton…

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