Elena Urlaeva is an Uzbek human rights activist. She is the head of the Human Rights Alliance of Uzbekistan. For years, Ms. Urlaeva has been documenting cases of forced labor in the cotton industry. Because of her work, the activist has been arrested, beaten, and imprisoned by Uzbek officials. In 2010, Elena Urlaeva received the Per Anger Prize for her selfless struggle for human rights.
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