The evidence from the 2015 cotton harvest in Uzbekistan indicates that the
government has not undertaken reforms to end its systematic use of forced
labor. Yet the 2015 cotton harvest in Uzbekistan differed from previous
years in a significant way: While the government continued to force more
than a million people to pick cotton and farmers to grow cotton under threat
of penalty, it did so while making significant efforts to project the
appearance of cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO)
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