Human Rights News

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 …

Uzbekistan: Amidst reform effort, journalists and activists face criminal charges, arbitrary detention, forced psychiatric treatment

For Immediate Release October 16, 2019 Uzbekistan: Amidst reform effort, journalists and activists face criminal charges, arbitrary detention, forced psychiatric treatment (Washington, D.C.) –The Cotton Campaign calls on the Uzbek government to drop criminal charges against Mahmud Rajab, a poet, journalist, and human rights defender, whose trial on contraband charges is set to begin Thursday. …

Uzbekistan Cotton Harvest 2019   Chronicle of Forced Labor

  September 14 – 30, 2019  Photo 1 Cotton pickers Namangan region, Chust district The cotton harvest in Uzbekistan started on September 14, 2019. According to contracts signed by farmers, the state has set a plan to harvest 2,958,000 tons of raw cotton this year.    Prior to the start of the cotton harvest, officials …

Just Like Old Times: Ministry of Internal Affairs Continues to Meddle in the Lives of Farmers

On August 23 Radio Ozodlik published an audio recording of a conference call held by the head of the Kashkadarya regional police, Dilshod Tursunboyev. During the meeting, Tursunboyev was heard addressing the heads of the district police departments and scolding his subordinates for the inability to find a sufficient number of vehicles to bring manure …

Appeal for justice in the return of Gulnara Karimova’s ill-gotten assets

Switzerland: Federal Council The Office of Public Prosecutor The Federal Criminal Court Gibraltar: HM Government HM Government of Law Offices France: Ministry of Justice Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs United States of America: US Department of Justice Uzbekistan: Ministry of Justice The Office of Prosecutor General 25 July, 2019 CIVIL SOCIETY ACTIVISTS OF UZBEKISTAN …