U.S. Department of Labor Publishes New Reports on Child Labor; Notes Uzbekistan’s Moderate Advancement

On September 20, 2018 the U.S. Department of Labor published the 17th edition of its annual Findings on the Worst Form of Child Labor (TDA Report.) The TDA report includes an assessment of government action to advance efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. Countries are assessed as having made significant, moderate, minimal or no advancement.  This year the TDA report noted that Uzbekistan achieved moderate advancement for the first time, as a result of the Government of Uzbekistan’s substantial reduction of the mobilization of forced child labor for the cotton harvest.

The Department of Labor simultaneously released a complimentary report, List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor. The list includes 148 goods from 76 countries around the world.  This year, cotton from Uzbekistan was removed from the list.

The United States commends Uzbekistan for this important achievement, and urges the government to continue to allow independent observers unrestricted access to monitor labor conditions during the cotton harvest through unannounced site visits, and to punish officials who threaten or detain observers or require children to bring cotton to school.

To download a full copy of the report, please visit http://www.dol.gov/ilab/reports/child-labor/findings.