Human Rights News

Uzbek Farmer: “I will definitely be bankrupt this year”

A monitor from Uzbek-German Forum interviewed a farmer from the Khorezm region who described his experience with the command system of management in the Uzbekistan’s agriculture sector. Farmers do not have the freedom to choose what crops to grow; the state sets the prices and can arbitrarily and punitively “redistribute” the land of the farm …

FTUU: Don’t ask “unnecessary” questions.

The International Labor Organization on May 29 organized a seminar, conducted by ILO expert Svetlana Egorova, on the prevention of forced labor in the Uchkuprik district of the Fergana region. A correspondent of the Eltuz web site spoke to a participant of the seminar, who said that before the seminar, the representative of the regional …

Shavkat Mirziyoyev: We Do Not Need Child and Forced Labor

According to the popular Uzbek website kun.uz, on May 29 of this year, under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, a video meeting was held on the issues of export and import, securing additional revenues to local budgets, as well as actual tasks related to important measures for harvesting …

School Principal in Samarkand Dismissed for Forcing Teachers to Clean Streets

Azamat Umarov has been relieved of his position as principal of school No.62 for children with mental disabilities in Samarkand city. After his first day at work on May 18, 2018, Umarov forced all teachers to beautify the school grounds at the weekend. The school staff, in turn, informed the Samarkand regional department of Ministry …

Freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly

Nongovernmental Organizations The government rejected 58 previous UPR recommendations including on cooperation with special procedures (recommendations 136.21-136.35), ceasing politically-motivated prosecutions, releasing political prisoners, ending arbitrary detention (recommendations 136.42-136.46), and ceasing persecution of people exercising their rights to freedom of assembly, association, and expression (recommendations 136.56-136.58).   The Human Rights Committee has expressed concern about unreasonable …

Grand Corruption and Human Rights Violations in Uzbekistan

  Grand Corruption and Human Rights Violations in Uzbekistan Uzbekistan’s authoritarian government systematically violates a wide spectrum of human rights and is also among the most corrupt in the world.[i] Poor enforcement of human rights norms allows corruption to go unchecked, and corruption drives some human rights violations, making them more intractable and impeding redress. …

Open Letter of Civil Society Organizations to the Swiss Government

The Swiss government should not return assets stolen from the people of Uzbekistan to its government until the Swiss government reviews its return policies in light of reported irregularities in the use of assets Switzerland previously returned to the Kazakh government OPEN LETTER OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS TO THE SWISS GOVERNMENT We, the undersigned representatives …

US: Focus on Rights as Uzbek Leader Visits. Congress Should Press for Further Reforms

(Washington, DC) – Uzbekistan’s president’s meeting with President Donald Trump on May 16, 2018, comes at a time when the Uzbek government has taken steps to improve human rights but needs to translate them into sustainable, structural improvements, 12 human rights organizations said today. Since assuming the presidency in September 2016 after President Islam Karimov’s death, …

Bobomurod is free, but found guilty …

On May 7 the Tashkent City Criminal Court released journalist Bobomurod Abdullayev, blogger Hayotkhan Nasreddinov, and businessmen Shavkat Ollojorov and Ravshan Salayev from custody. Nasreddinov, Ollojorov, and Salayev have been completely vindicated and the criminal charges against them have been dropped. Abdullayev however, was found guilty under Article 159 (1) of the Criminal Code of …

Forced Labor in Uzbekistan—Time to Turn Rhetoric Into Practice

For Immediate Release Government continued forced labor system in 2017 cotton harvest, no accountability for violations May 3, 2018 (Berlin) – Despite unprecedented public commitments to address forced labor in cotton production, the Uzbek government continued to direct and supervise forced labor in the 2017 cotton harvest, Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights said in a …

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