Human Rights News

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 …

Teachers: Cotton is the most painful issue for us

On April 21, the issue of forced labor among teaching professionals was discussed live on Uzbekistan’s main television channel. Speakers discussed a conference which took place on April 17, during which Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov severely chastised ministers of education and public health for forcing doctors and teachers to pick cotton, scrap metal, clean streets …

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 …