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Uzbekistan to profit In Textile Exports if EU parliament gives them a clean chit


Uzbekistan to profit In Textile Exports if EU parliament gives them a clean chit

Uzbekistan had long been facing their share of difficulties and knock offs from the European Union due to their practice of using child labor and forced adult labor in its textile production units. Referring to this glitch, the European Union parliamentarians had always rejected the protocol and sent it back to the European commission. But much recently owing to reforms put forward by  Uzbekistan, the country is hopeful that the same has got them closer to the European Parliament casting a vote again on the EU-Uzbekistan Textiles Protocol this December, in their favour. If this really works in favour of Uzbekistan , then will be the first in the last  five years after its earlier series of rejection.

The resolution passed by the parliamentarians stated that the, Parliament will only consider the consent if the International Labor Organization observers get granted an access by the Uzbek authorities to undertake close and unhindered monitoring, which in turn also receives a confirmation that concrete reforms have been implemented and yielded substantial results in such a way that the practice of forced labour and child labour is effectively in the process of being eradicated both at national and local levels.

Recently the International Trade committee (INTA) voted in favour of reconsideration of the protocol with an overwhelming majority.  The poll took place on November 10 and it has asked the European Parliament to reconsider their decision when they convene a meeting in December 2016.  

Meanwhile, a coalition of human rights groups had made a representation to INTA that consent to the protocol be denied. The activists reported that, adopting the textile protocol now would contradict the principles of the European Union’s foreign policy, and ignore strong evidence of the government’s persistent and continued use of forced labour on a massive, nationwide scale in Uzbekistan.

 A good two years after the 2011 rejection, in 2013, Uzbekistan started permitting the ILO to monitor the annual harvest. Owing to the severe handicap posed by the boycott faced from major clothing manufacturers, Uzbekistan drastically did cut down  on the usage of child labor back then.  Which was later confirmed by ILO In 2015, as they reported that spotting child labour during cotton harvest has become a rare sight. But they did also mention that ongoing monitoring and vigilance was required at ground level too to completely bring in reform.   Human rights organizations however, argued that Uzbekistan instead of using child labour has adopted the strategy of increased forced adult labour.

The December EU parliament vote will be the deciding factor for the fate of  Uzbekistan now, but the country needs to figure out their policies in order to create a stronger place in the global textile map.




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