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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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HRC 24th Session: Statement Delivered Under Item 6

Human Rights Watch welcomes the adoption of the outcome of the UPR of Uzbekistan, which reflects many important recommendations from a wide array of governments on long-standing and urgent human rights concerns, including: the continued imprisonment of…
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16th UPR Session, April - May 2013

Introduction This submission highlights Human Rights Watch’s assessment regarding the Uzbek government’s compliance with its international obligations and the recommendations made during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in 2008. The Government of…
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BERLIN, Germany — As the Arab Spring shows, it is never, ever, a good idea to go to bed with dictators.   The regimes of deposed strongmen like Egypt’s Mubarak and Tunisia’s Ben Ali enjoyed sponsorship from the US and Europe. Now that legacy haunts the…
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Human Rights Watch calls on the Uzbek government to immediately and unconditionally release all wrongfully imprisoned activists, several of whom suffer from serious illness and at least seven of whom have been ill-treated or subjected to torture in…
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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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Submitted in Advance of the EU-Uzbekistan Human Rights Dialogue

This memorandum provides an overview of Human Rights Watch's main concerns with respect to the human rights situation in Uzbekistan, submitted in advance of the EU-Uzbekistan human rights dialogue to be held on June 10, 2009 in Tashkent. The Uzbek…
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Submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee on the occasion of its Pre-Sessional Review of Uzbekistan

This memorandum provides an overview of Human Rights Watch's main concerns with respect to the human rights situation in Uzbekistan, submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Committee ("the Committee") in advance of its pre-sessional review of…
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Defendants’ Testimony

One defendant, Dilshod Maripaliev, described his interrogation by two police officers… “[He] was yelling at me. If you don’t sign I will rape you with the nightstick. Then he beat me on my head. [The other officer] said they would bring my younger brother…
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The bureaucratic term for it is “Country of Particular Concern.” That´s how the United States government describes nations that abuse religious freedom, under the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA). And this month, the State Department…
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Dictatorships should not be rewarded. A simple enough lesson, you might think. It is, however, a lesson that Britain and other European governments seem reluctant to take on board. Clare Short, the Secretary of State for International Development, is due…