Human Rights News

Minister of Public Education: “Forced Labor was Considered Patriotic” 

The Minister of Public Education, Ulugbek Inoyatov, admitted that he lacked the political will to put an end to the forced involvement of teachers in work that was not part of their duties. During a video conference meeting chaired by Uzbek Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov on Tuesday, April 17, Inoyatov said that forced labor had …

Shavkat Mirziyoyev: “Deception is Betrayal”

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, claimed that he is perfectly aware of the real situation in the regions and said that putting everything in order before his visits does more harm than good. The President threatened hokims [ed. – local governors] with severe consequences for forcing teachers to participate in beautification …

State lifts restrictions on Uzbek human rights defender: Forced labor monitor Uktam Pardaev has terms of his probation lifted in Uzbekistan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 11, 2018 Washington, DC – The Cotton Campaign welcomes the decision of a court in Uzbekistan to lift the terms of probation for human rights defender Uktam Pardaev 10 months early. Pardaev was arrested on November 16, 2015, following his reporting on forced labor during the 2015 cotton harvest. The …

In Andijan, a ninth-grader fatally stabs a fellow schoolmate in the heart while teachers were busy cleaning the streets

On April 7, Muhammadasore Sobirov, a 9th-grade pupil of secondary school No. 10 in the city of Andijan, killed a classmate of neighboring school No. 29. by stabbing him in the heart. According to an employee of the city department of public education, all the teachers of the school were at a “subbotnik” (public work), …

Human Rights Activist Fined for Refusing to Paint Walls of House Yellow for Arrival of Mirziyoyev

Israil Rizayev, a member of the human rights society “Ezgulik” in the Syrdarya region of Uzbekistan, was fined almost three million soums ($370) by the Prosecutor General’s Office for refusing to paint his house yellow for the arrival of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The president was due to visit the Syrdarya region on April 4. However, as an …

On July 11, 2017, the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, signed a decree for the introduction of foreign passports in place of exit visas, stickers pasted into passports permitting travel to countries with which the visa regime has been established. The decree states that a special department would be set up to facilitate the introduction …

Journalist Karimberdi Turamurod: In Uzbekistan, the media trying to become free gets intimidated 

Uzbek journalist Karimberdi Turamurod, reported on his Facebook page that he received threats after his investigation of the tragic death of a 23-year-old school teacher, Diana Enikeeva, from the Kattakurgan district of the Samarkand region. Diana Enikeeva, a 23-year-old teacher at the secondary school No. 42 in the Kattakurgan district of the Samarkand region of …

Investigation by «Xabar.uz»: Who is to blame for the death of a 23-year-old teacher?

The Governors Promised! The promise of the governor of the Namangan Region, Khayrullo Bozorov: “We have been using teachers and doctors not only in tree-planting and cleaning work but in agricultural work as well. These two sectors [education and medical sectors] are the most important and reliable sectors. All governors are present here. From now on, involving …

Azam Turgunov on the ex-prison warden, Abdukarim Shodiyev: “This person deserves to be imprisoned for a long time.”

56-year-old Abdukarim Shodiyev, who had been the head of the Central Penal Correction Department (CPCD) until February 2018, was arrested in Uzbekistan. A criminal case against him was filed under Article 301 (Abuse of Power, Stretch of Power or Administrative Dereliction) and Article 230 (Deliberately Bringing Criminal Charges against an Innocent Person). On March 9, …

The forensic examination did not confirm that the independent journalist, Bobomurod Abdullayev, was tortured

On March 15, 2018, in Tashkent, the trial against Bobomurod Abdullayev and the three other defendants accused of conspiracy to seize the state power resumed. After Abdullayev’s torture claims, the forensic examination prescribed by the court a week ago to examine Abdullayev has established that there is a scar on his left hand but it …

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