Uzbekistans President Mirziyoev signed a new decree on 29, demanding that government officials at all levels strengthen their responsibilities to prevent and eliminate any form of forced labor. According to the decree, Vice Premier Mirzayev was relieved of his post.
According to Uzbek media reports, during a recent visit to Tashkent, local officials were forced to stand in ditches near the wheat fields for failing to implement agricultural technical standards.
Safeguarding the rights and freedoms of citizens is one of the priorities of Mir Ziyoevs ruling. In recent years, Uzbekistan has adopted a number of new initiatives to eradicate forced labour, including the prohibition of the involvement of minors, students, teachers and medical personnel in cotton harvesting.