Tag "human rights"

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 …

PETITION: Stop Forced Labor in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Industry!

Every year, students in Uzbekistan are massively forced to participate in the cotton harvest. This new animated video tells about the background of this practice: Why is this happening in Uzbekistan? How come nobody refuses? In how far does the mobilisation of students for the cotton production violate Uzbek legislation? So, what can you do …

“I have photos of people who were tortured. I know the names of the investigators who committed these crimes. With God’s help, the time will come when you will see it on TV,” said the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, about the National Security Service (SNB) on February 16. However, a number of innocent people, …

(Bishkek, February 13, 2018) – Uzbek authorities should ensure a thorough, impartial, and independent investigation into the alleged torture and other ill-treatment of a detained independent journalist, 12 human rights groups said today. Uzbek authorities should immediately release Bobomurod Abdullaev and other people detained solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression, the …

Uzbek journalist, Bobomurod Abdullayev, was secretly arrested in Tashkent on September 27, 2017. A few days later it was revealed that he was being held in the pre-trial detention center of the Uzbek National Security Service (SNB). Surprisingly, at the end of December, Bobomurod refused the services of one of Tashkent’s best lawyers, Sergey Mayorov. …

While the old hospital building in the Kattakurgan district of Samarkand region in Uzbekistan is being demolished, the entire medical staff, including qualified doctors, are involved in the construction of a new hospital building. Employees of the district hospital have complained that the financing of the new building will be paid for from their own …

An open letter from Uzbek human rights activists to the British sculptor Paul Day commissioned to commemorate former President Islam Karimov in December. The sculpture is due to be placed outside the Uzbek embassy in Moscow. Dear Mr. Day, Thanks to the man you plan to celebrate with your latest sculpture, none of us have …

On January 7-8, 2018, Akmaljon Jalolov, hokim (governor) of the Izboskan district of Andijan region, held a special session of the district council of people’s deputies to announce that farmers, who did not meet their quotas for cotton or wheat production last year, must give up their land to the state. Farmers who attended the …

In Tashkent, female employees of health clinics, schools, and kindergartens are forced to clean in low-income houses in the Sergeli district for free. Nurses complain that otherwise they are threatened with dismissal and withholding from their wages. Forced Saturday cleaning day In Tashkent, female employees of health clinics, schools, and kindergartens were forced to clean …

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 …