martes, 6 de octubre de 2015

Cut off $500 million loan tainted by Uzbek slavery - Walk Free

Cut off $500 million loan tainted by Uzbek slavery - Walk Free




Drugged, beaten and detained by police – this was the fate of Elena Urlaeva when she dared to document state-sponsored slavery in the cotton fields of Uzbekistan.1
In Uzbekistan, the whole country suffers because of the government’s dependence on revenue from the cotton harvest. The government operate the world’s largest state-run system of forced labour where activists like Elena are brutally repressed, pensioners are being forced to pick cotton or submit 50% of their pension, and education and health care are undermined for two months every year due to the mass mobilisation of teachers and doctors.2
What’s worse is that there are international actors helping Uzbekistan keep its dirty secret – including the World Bank. The World Bank is an international institution that provides loans for developing countries. Right now they are funding projects totalling $500 million in Uzbekistan that are documented to be using forced labour.3
The good news is that the World Bank signed a contract agreeing to suspend loans if evidence of forced labour was uncovered.4 Now we need your help to hold them to this promise.
This year, as the latest announcements calling “everyone to the cotton fields” were heard echoing around the countryside of Uzbekistan, we’re planning to hit the Uzbek government where it hurts – its pocket.5
By calling on the World Bank to account for its actions in propagating Uzbekistan’s forced labour regime, we’re showing that the international community will not accept or fund this state-sanctioned form of modern slavery. But without huge public pressure, the World Bank may turn a blind eye – please don’t let this happen:
Sign our petition now and help put an end to forced labour in Uzbekistan.

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