Identifying and investigating forced labour cases: a training for state labour inspectors in Uzbekistan

On 23 and 24 August 2023, further to a request from the Ministry of Employment and Poverty Reduction of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the ILO Integrated Programme on Cotton, Textile and Apparel sector delivered a two-day online training on identifying and investigating forced labour cases for state labour inspectors.

News | 24 August 2023
The training aimed to refresh knowledge of more than 100 labour inspectors on forced labour, including identifying and investigating forced labour cases, and to inform about Brazil’s experience on combating forced labour.

This training was led by Thiago Gurjão Alves Ribeiro, Labour Prosecutor from Brazil, who has extensive experience on forced labour cases. During the event, the participants updated their knowledge on forced labour definition and related concepts .They were provided with information on investigating forced labour cases; identifying forced labour;  victims protection; financial penalties and other trends in the fight against forced labour; good practices from Brazil.

The agenda included group exercises and case discussions.

“Such training seminars greatly contribute to the exchange of experience in the field of reforms carried out in our country,” said Mr. Bahodir Umurzakov, Adviser to the Minister and former Deputy Minister of Employment and Poverty Reduction of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The ILO Integrated Programme on Cotton, Textile and Apparel sector is a joint approach by different ILO Technical Cooperation Projects in Uzbekistan that harnesses the significant trade and investment incentives to support the delivery of an integrated package of technical interventions that supports constituents to strengthen governance of the labour market and remove the structural barriers to realising fundamental rights and conditions of decent work in the cotton, textile and garment value chain. The approach draws on experience from other countries where trade and investment incentives have supported the delivery of multiple, mutually reinforcing policy and technical interventions, at workplace, sectoral and national levels.