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WASHINGTON – Uzbekistan has called for global brands to end their boycott of Uzbek cotton. More than 300 global brands including Adidas, Inditex and H&M have been boycotting cotton from Uzbekistan for more than a decade because of the use of forced and child labour in the country’s annual cotton harvest.

However, a process of reform in the country has – allegedly – ended all use of child labour while drastically reducing the use of adult forced labour, and Uzbekistan’s Minister of Labor Khusanov has now called for an end to the Uzbek Cotton Pledge.

The call has been welcomed by Cotton Campaign, which orchestrated the global brand boycott of Uzbekistan cotton.

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