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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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UN Expert Body Says Judges Should Query All Defendants if Tortured

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Screenshot from a video showing a photo of a prisoner working at Uzbekistan's Jaslyk prison.
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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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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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Release All Imprisoned Peaceful Activists

(Bishkek) – Rustam Usmanov, a peaceful political activist imprisoned arbitrarily in Uzbekistan for 19 years and brutally tortured, was finally freed on February 13, 2017, at the end of his prison term, Human Rights Watch said today. Usmanov, 69, a founder…
Rustam Usmanov.
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End Torture; Respect Basic Freedoms

(Berlin) – Central Asia's political leaders should focus on urgently needed improvements to basic human rights protections for their populations, as they deal with leadership succession and internal politics, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its…
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December 8, 2016
 
  
 
 His Excellency Shavkat Mirziyoyev
 
 President-Elect
 
 Republic of Uzbekistan
 
  
 
 Your Excellency:
 
 On the occasion of your election as President of Uzbekistan, we are…
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Urgent Need for Reform as Mirziyoyev Takes Office

(Bishkek) – Uzbekistan’s incoming government should take concrete steps to improve the country’s abysmal human rights record, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to President-elect Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Human Rights Watch identified key reform areas,…
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Brothers Opposed Extortion, Threatened to Expose Corruption

(Paris) – Uzbek authorities should ensure a thorough, impartial, and transparent investigation into the alleged torture of two brothers by the Uzbek National Security Service (SNB), and the death in custody of one of them, Human Rights Watch, the…
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Activists, Groups Targeted, Persecuted by Authorities

(Berlin) – Central Asian governments ramped up pressure on nongovernmental groups and activists in 2015, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016. The governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan arrested…
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Rights Groups Call on UN to Hold Tashkent Accountable for Arbitrary Detention

(Bishkek) – One of the world’s longest imprisoned peaceful political activists, Murod Juraev, was finally released from a jail in Uzbekistan on November 12, 2015, after 21 unjustified years behind bars, nine human rights groups said today. Juraev, a 63-…
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Abe Should Make Human Rights a Core Part of His Trip

(Tokyo, October 22, 2015) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Central Asia trip is a key opportunity to raise concerns about the alarming state of human rights throughout the region and underscore the importance of reforms, Human Rights Watch said…
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Overview of key human rights concerns in Central Asia
 
 October 2015
 
 Kazakhstan
 
 Kazakhstan’s human rights record has seen an unequivocal and marked deterioration in the last five years, with the authorities launching an…
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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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Attack Highlights Urgent Need for UN Monitor

(Berlin) – Uzbek police detained a human rights activist on May 31, 2015, and subjected her to cruel and degrading treatment during an 18-hour interrogation about her work on forced labor, Human Rights Watch said today. Police and doctors forcibly sedated…
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Members of the Council should mark the 10th anniversary of the Andijan massacre by taking action to address the appalling state of human rights in Uzbekistan. The Uzbek government’s serious, systematic violations and persistent refusal to cooperate with…