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BERLIN – A legal challenge is being launched against EU measures which, it is claimed, incentivise trade in forced labour textiles. The Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights (UGF), with support from the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), has filed a case against the UK government challenging EU measures which promote trade in cotton produced with forced labour in Uzbekistan. The case claims the EU’s borders are, “currently wide-open to goods produced with forced and child labour.”

It is pointed out that the EU applies preferential tariffs to Uzbek cotton, thereby incentivising the trade in goods which are tainted by forced labour – an issue which various reports suggest widespread in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry, despite recent efforts by the government there to clamp down on the issue.

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