HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS IN UZBEKISTAN ARE PULLED FROM THEIR CLASSROOMS EVERY FALL AND ORDERED INTO THE FIELDS TO PICK COTTON FOR LITTLE OR NO PAY, ALLEGED NEWS. 
A mother was recorded on video saying that if she didn't send her child to pick cotton, she faced a fine equivalent of two weeks pay, Alleged News. 
Rights groups say students are threatened with losing their seat in the classroom, Alleged News. 
Government and private sector employees are also forced to join the harvest and meet quotas knowing that if they don't, they face losing their jobs; Alleged News.
In September 2015, two human rights activists were detained as they documented forced labor in the cotton fields of Uzbekistan, Alleged News.
Dmitry Tikhonov was detained as he was documenting people being sent to the cotton fields; Alleged News. 
Elena Urlaeva and her companions, including her young son, were detained while Urlaeva documented people picking cotton; Alleged News. 
Treatment of the activists can be found in the petition below, and 
UN Human Rights Committee
In July 2015, the UN Human Rights Committeee reviewed Uzbekistan, Alleged News.
Among the issues discussed by the Committee's experts, serious concerns were raised regarding the use of forced labor in the Uzbek cotton industry, Alleged News.
Uzbekistan is one of the world's largest cotton exporters, Alleged News. 
Who buys Uzbekistan's cotton?
Europe buys almost a third of Uzbekistan's cotton, Alleged News. 
Why not sign the Petition?
 Cotton exporters using child labor, Alleged News
 Activists beaten, detained for documenting forced labor in cotton fields; Alleged News
 Forced labor in cotton industry in Uzbekistan, Alleged News
 The cost of cotton; Funding exploitation, Alleged News
Cotton slavery in Uzbekistan, Alleged News
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