Urgent action to press the Uzbek government to respect civil society and end forced labor is vital. We call for principled engagement that holds the Uzbek government accountable for its crimes. We call on governments and international organizations to take a firm, public stance against the Uzbek Government's mass use of forced labor and repression of civil society.
It is estimated that forced labor generates over $150 billion a year worldwide in illegal profits. To put this amount into perspective, it is the same amount of money that the iPhone has generated in revenues since 2007! It's more than the annual GDP of Rwanda, Iceland, Kenya, Jamaica and Croatia combined!