The cotton campaign say the companies buying and trading uzbek cotton help to prop up the regime (reportedly, cargill cotton and ict cotton of the uk are big players), along with the banks, such as citibank and abn-amro who provide financial support to importers of uzbek cotton (2) but clothing companies have a role too.
Companies based in china purchased over half of uzbekistan’s cotton exports in 2013, and over one-third of all cotton in bangladesh’s apparel industry is from uzbekistan the administration of president islam karimov detains, tortures, and exiles uzbek citizens who call for recognition of human rights, violating their human rights and denying freedoms of speech and the press. The problem with uzbek cotton the uzbek government uses local government officials, hospital directors, and school presidents to mobilize workers and detains and tortures human rights defenders seeking to monitor the harvests.
With annual cotton production of about 1 million ton of fiber (4%-5% of world production) and exports of 700,000-800,000 tons (10% of world exports), uzbekistan is the 6th largest producer and the 11th largest exporter of cotton in the world. Uzbek cotton production for my 2017/18 estimated at about 37 million bales (800,000 mt) uzbekistan continues to take steps to increase cotton quality by improving seed quality along with farming and ginning practices domestic cotton consumption is increasing significantly in recent years with new.
The cotton campaign is a global coalition of human rights, labor, investor and business organizations dedicated to eradicating child labor and forced labor in cotton production our goals are to end the state systems of forced labor in uzbekistan and turkmenistan’s cotton sectors.