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Uzbekistan: Religious Prosecution of Independent Muslims

Human Rights Watch Briefing Paper

For years the government of Uzbekistan has violated the right to freedom of conscience by imprisoning and persecuting independent Muslims—Muslims whose peaceful practice of their faith falls beyond government controls. This briefing paper describes arrests, trials, torture, and other persecution of independent Muslims during the past year, as well as some of the cumulative effects of Uzbekistan’s five-year campaign against them.

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