Uzbekistan accused of brutal crackdown on activists investigating forced labour

Annie Kelly
The Guardian
Human rights activists in Uzbekistan have reported increasing levels of violence and harassment by police and government agencies as they attempt to document the alleged use of forced labour in the annual cotton harvest.
Local activists said there has been an escalation in attacks on human rights workers and local residents, including beatings and intimidation, arrests and the subjection of female activists to humiliating and intrusive body searches.