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Reports of Ill-Treatment Show Need for Transparency, Monitoring

(Paris) – Uzbek authorities should immediately and unconditionally release an Afghan citizen whose 13-year imprisonment and alleged torture in custody have only recently become known, the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia, International…
A guard in a solitary confinement block at an unidentified prison in Uzbekistan. Prisoners in solitary confinement in Uzbekistan’s prisons experience cramped cells without bedding—some in total darkness, others with permanent bright lights
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Kerry Should Press to Free Activists, Let Independent Groups Operate

(Washington, DC) – United States Secretary of State John Kerry should publicly express concern over Central Asian governments’ distinctly poor human rights records during his Central Asia visits, beginning October 31, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today…
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Congress, or at least parts of it, is getting restless with the White House approach to human rights abuses in Central Asia. A recent hearing by the House of Representatives’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on the region’s terrible human rights record…
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Lifting Embargo on Arms Sales Unconscionable in the Face of Continued Repression

(Brussels) - The European Union's decision today to lift the arms embargo against Uzbekistan despite its atrocious human rights record is an unconscionable abdication of responsibility toward Uzbek victims of abuse, Human Rights Watch, International…
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Almatov Case Tests Commitment to International Justice

Germany’s new federal prosecutor should reverse a decision not to open a criminal investigation into former Uzbek Interior Minister Zokir Almatov’s responsibility for crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said in a legal brief challenging the…
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Agenda Item 9: Question of the violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms in any part of the world

Mr. Chairman,     Human Rights Watch urges the Commission to take action on the situations in Nepal, Sudan and Uzbekistan.     In Nepal, Maoists and the army continue to kill civilians with impunity. As Human Rights Watch documented, Nepal has one of the…
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(Geneva) — With a membership that includes governments responsible for crimes against humanity, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights meeting in Geneva next week must take dramatic steps to restore its sinking credibility, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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Government Broadly Targets Dissident Muslims in Response to March-April Violence

The Uzbek government has resorted to torture, incommunicado detention and unfair trials in its response to violent attacks in the country in March and April, Human Rights Watch said in letters to the Uzbek president. In particular, the authorities have…
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(Geneva) – The United Nations should appoint a high-level expert to monitor the impact of counter-terrorist measures on human rights, Human Rights Watch urged today. In a new report released at the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, Human Rights Watch…
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On January 30, a court in Tashkent, Uzbekistan sentenced four Uzbek police officers to 20 years of imprisonment for torturing a man to death in detention. The victim, 32-year old Ravshan Haitov, died from torture just hours after police took him into…
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Uzbek Women Forced to Remain in Violent Marriages

Uzbek women battered by their husbands have little hope of protection from the government, Human Rights Watch charged in "Sacrificing Women to Save the Family?: State Response to Domestic Violence in Uzbekistan," a report issued July 9th, 2001. Rather…
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Sacrificing Women to Save the Family? Domestic Violence in Uzbekistan Summary Background: Women and Uzbek Nationhood Uzbek women Under Soviet rule Post-independence Uzbekistan Women's Status in the Family and Society Uzbekistan's…