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To Permanent Representatives of EU Member States to the EU Brussels   Brussels, 17 December 2020, RE: GSP+ application and human rights situation in Uzbekistan Dear Ambassador, We are writing following the European Commission’s 30 November delegated…
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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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Some Students, Teachers, Medical Workers Released

The recent release of 200,000 university students and some teachers and medical workers from forced labor picking cotton in Uzbekistan came shortly after World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s first meeting with the country’s new president, Shavkat…
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Risk of Torture, Ill-Treatment

 
 
 UPDATE: On August 4, the European Court of Human Rights issued a preliminary injunction ordering Russia not to deport Khodoberdi Nurmatov to Uzbekistan, until the court can review his case.
 
  
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Ali Feruz at Basmanny district court in Moscow waiting for his hearing in the evening of August 1, 2017.
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Andijan Video Spotlights Need for UN Action

(Geneva) –The US, EU, and other governments should speak out about human rights abuses in Uzbekistan on the 10th anniversary of the Andijan massacre and renew their calls for accountability, Human Rights Watch said in a video released today. On May 13,…
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It would appear obvious to anyone paying the least bit of attention to the turmoil in Ukraine that it’s not the safest place to be right now. But in the eyes of the United Kingdom, France and Norway, Ukraine is considered a “safe country of origin.” That…
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Tashkent Downgrade in Trafficking Report Could Bring Sanctions

(Washington) – The United States government’s decision to downgrade Uzbekistan in a human trafficking ranking based on its use of forced and child labor sends a powerful message of support to the millions of Uzbeks forced to pick the country’s cotton crop…
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Protect Refugees, Asylum Seekers From Forced Returns

(Bishkek) –An Uzbek refugee has been missing from Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, since February 18, 2013. Another asylum seeker from Uzbekistan is in custody while he contests an extradition order issued by the Kyrgyz authorities in violation of…
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More Adults, Older Children Required to Work, Abuses Persist

(Berlin) – Uzbek authorities have increased the use of forced labor by adults and older children in the cotton sector during the past year, Human Rights Watch said today. The move was apparently made to shift the burden away from younger children in…
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Recent Twitter conversations between the wannabe-jet-set daughter of Uzbekistan’s authoritarian ruler and critics of the country’s atrocious human rights record may have been unusual and amusing. They may have even brought a rare blip of international…
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Shocking Mass Extradition of Uzbeks to Risk of Torture

(Astana) - The Kazakh government has violated international law by forcibly returning at least 28 Uzbeks to Uzbekistan, putting their lives and well-being at risk, Human Rights Watch said today.
 
 The forced returns on June 9, 2011, signal…
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Respect International Obligations

June 9 Update  - A June 7 letter to Kazakhstan's prosecutor general and June 7 press release urging respect for the principle of non refoulement contained errors in the listing of individuals previously returned by Kazakh authorities to Uzbekistan. The…
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Disappointing Record on Reforms During OSCE Chairmanship

UPDATE: Human Rights Watch sent a letter to the Kazakhstan prosecutor general on December 2,  expressing concern about the fate of 29 Uzbek asylum seekers in custody of the Kazakh authorities and facing extradition to Uzbekistan. ---------- (Astana) -…
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(OSH)  - "They don't stop beating me. Please, sell your house, your car, your last things to get me out of here." Nafiza (not her real name) recalls the words from memory, written by her 37-year-old son in a letter smuggled out of prison by a policeman…
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Investigate Whereabouts of Father and Son

Update: Sanjar and Savarbek Khudaiberganov are now back in Kyrgyzstan. When they arrived in Osh on August 6, they immediately reported to UNHCR. Human Rights Watch remains deeply concerned about Sanjar Khudaiberganov's safety in Kyrgyzstan and urges that…
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  President Kurmanbek Bakiev Dom Pravitelstva Bishkek 720003 Kyrgyz Republic Dear President Bakiev, I am writing to urge your government to ensure that asylum seekers and refugees in Kyrgyzstan fully enjoy the protections to which they are entitled…
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World Leaders Must Push Kyrgyz Government to Protect Refugees

Four Uzbek asylum seekers have disappeared from southern Kyrgyzstan in the past week, raising fears that they were forcibly returned to Uzbekistan, Human Rights Watch said today. “We’re afraid these men have been handed over to Uzbek authorities and that…
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The Kyrgyz government today violated international law by forcibly returning four Uzbek refugees and one asylum seeker to Uzbekistan, putting their lives and well-being at risk, Human Rights Watch said. This action signals Kyrgyzstan’s disturbing…