Human Rights News

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 …

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 …