Human Rights News

Gulnara Karimova Prosecution – Welcome to a House of Mirrors

Professor Kristian Lasslett Last week, ‘behind closed doors’, Gulnara Karimova stood trial on new criminal charges.  Karimova’s Swiss lawyer, Grégoire Mangeat, claims she has been denied access to her legal team. Karimova is currently serving a ten year sentence.  Back in August 2015 she was initially found guilty of extortion, theft, and tax evasion by …

Valuable Artefacts Seized from Gulnara Karimova’s Homes 

On January 11, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Uzbekistan issued a statement on artefacts found in Gulnara Karimova’s home in Switzerland. According to the Uzbek Prosecutor’s Office, in cooperation with the Swiss Prosecutor’s Office, 70 works of art were found and seized during a search of Gulnara Karimova’s villa in Geneva which belong to the …

“International Organizations are Enemies”

On the first days of the new year I received an alarming letter from a partner of Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights (UGF) stating that an officer of the State Security Service of Uzbekistan (FSB) had called her. The “conversation” was clearly intended to intimidate and hinder work on collecting information on human rights violations …

Blogger Nafosat Ollashukurova Released from Psychiatric Detention 

Nafosat Ollashukurova, a blogger who was forcibly detained for three months in a psychiatric hospital in Khorezm, was released on December 28. An Eltuz correspondent reports that a “commission formed after the parliamentary elections held on 22 December found that Ollashukurovadid not need further treatment.” On 28th of December Nafosat Ollashukurovaleft the hospital and headed …

Elections in Uzbekistan: The people’s right to choose loyalty to the government

Uzbekistan is holding parliamentary elections today. It is not a historic event as there is nothing to distinguish this election from previous ones. As an Uzbek, I have never participated in either parliamentary or presidential elections, as there never seemed much point in voting for a one-party state. Uzbek authorities never grasped the basic principle that …

Court Orders Continued Detention of Blogger Nafosat Ollashukurova in Psychiatric Hospital

On November 28, the Khorezm Regional Civil Court rejected the request of Nafosat Ollashukurova’s lawyer to release her from forcible detention in a psychiatric clinic where she will now remain for another month. Nafosat’s lawyer, Umid Davletov told UGF that the court’s decision was based on the conclusion of a commission conducted on November 27 …

Why the Practice of “Forced Voluntary” Cotton Harvesting in Uzbekistan Continues

“The approved roadmap for the development of Uzbekistan’s agricultural sector raises doubts about the government’s intentions to end forced labor in the cotton sector,” writes independent researcher Alisher Ilhamov in an article for CABAR.asia. This is his conclusion after reading the Decree of the President of Uzbekistan “On Approval of the Strategy of Agricultural Development …

Concerns about World Bank’s and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s Proposed Investments in Uzbekistan

November 12, 2019  World Bank Board of Directors 818 H Street NW Washington, DC 20433 USA  cc: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Board of Directors B-9 Financial Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100033 China  via electronic mail  Re: Concerns about World Bank’s and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s Proposed Investments in the “Prosperous Villages” Project under Obod Qishloq …

Uzbekistan Cotton Harvest 2019 Chronicle of Forced Labor

November, 2019 October 1 – 30, 2019    The Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights (UGF) continues to monitor the cotton harvest in Uzbekistan. In this issue of the Chronicle, UGF presents only a small fraction of the information on forced mobilization of cotton pickers collected by human rights activists and published by Radio Ozodlik, the …

Legal challenge launched against EU measures incentivising trade in forced labour textiles

For immediate release The Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights (UGF), with the support of the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), has filed a case against the UK government challenging EU trade measures which promote trade in cotton produced with forced labour in Uzbekistan. This unprecedented case, which has been filed with the Administrative Court in …

1 2 3 27