Tag "Corruption"

Gulnara Karimova Prosecution – Welcome to a House of Mirrors

Professor Kristian Lasslett Last week, ‘behind closed doors’, Gulnara Karimova stood trial on new criminal charges.  Karimova’s Swiss lawyer, Grégoire Mangeat, claims she has been denied access to her legal team. Karimova is currently serving a ten year sentence.  Back in August 2015 she was initially found guilty of extortion, theft, and tax evasion by …

Valuable Artefacts Seized from Gulnara Karimova’s Homes 

On January 11, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Uzbekistan issued a statement on artefacts found in Gulnara Karimova’s home in Switzerland. According to the Uzbek Prosecutor’s Office, in cooperation with the Swiss Prosecutor’s Office, 70 works of art were found and seized during a search of Gulnara Karimova’s villa in Geneva which belong to the …

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 …

Proposal by Uzbek civil society activists to Swiss Government on Stolen Asset Repatriation

On August 8, a group of Uzbek civil society activists wrote a proposal to several Swiss Government institutions on transparent and responsible repatriation of assets stolen from the Uzbek people.    ON PRINCIPLES OF RESPONSIBLE ASSET REPATRIATION TO UZBEKISTAN Proposal by Uzbek civil society activists We are a group of Uzbek activists citizens concerned about …

Internal Investigation Launched against Chief of District Police for Brutally Beating Farmers

Farmers from the Karshi district of the Qashqadaryo region in Uzbekistan who have not met their wheat quotas have been brutally beaten by the chief of the district police. According to the farmers who spoke to Radio Ozodlik on June 27, the chief of the District Department of Internal Affairs twice beat farmers and demanded …

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 …

On December 22, 2017, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev delivered a four-hour speech to the country’s Parliament. During most of his speech, the president criticized Uzbekistan’s current situation, addressing problems affecting the economy, health care and law enforcement as well as the increase in suicides among women and widespread corruption. He paid particular attention to corruption …

Two Uzbek civil society organizations in exile, the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia and the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights, have written an open letter to the organizers and participants of the 2017 Global Forum for Assets Recovery to express their support to the “Civil Society Statement for Global Forum on Asset Recovery” …

“Corruptistan” – Of princesses and fraudsters

Last Friday, the Uzbekistan prosecutor’s office confirmed that the daughter of the former Uzbek president Islam Karimov has been detained by officials investigating allegations of fraud and money laundering. Gulnara Karimova, a once powerful businesswoman, prominent socialite and potential successor to her father, disappeared from public view in 2014 after apparently falling out with her …