ILO supports decision of Uzbek president to dismiss vice-premier
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 30
Jonas Astrup, the Chief Technical Advisor of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Uzbekistan, has commented on the decision of the President of Uzbekistan to dismiss Deputy Prime Minister Zoyir Mirzayev, Podrobno.uz reported.
"This is a strong, clear and correct decision of the government: such behavior cannot be tolerated. No one, regardless of rank or status, is above the law. Uzbekistan is still firmly committed to eradicating the forced labor," he wrote on his Twitter account.
The day before, the President of Uzbekistan signed a decree on increasing the responsibility of heads of state authorities at all levels for preventing and eradicating any manifestations and all forms of forced labor.
In accordance with that decree, Zoyir Mirzayev, the Deputy Prime Minister, Head of the Complex for Agriculture and Water Management, Processing of Agricultural and Food Products under the Uzbek Government, has been dismissed from his post for serious shortcomings in the organization of work on sowing and irrigating of winter cereals.
The Prosecutor General was instructed to verify the facts of violation of the law during agricultural work, the Prime Minister, the heads of state authorities and business associations at the local level were charged with ensuring the effective implementation of measures to eradicate all forms and any manifestations of the forced labor.