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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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

(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. …

Document of Evidence: Public Sector Employees in Samarkand Massively Mobilized to Carry out Reconstruction Works

On July 29, the popular Uzbek news website www.kun.uz  published an article written by the journalist Tura Murod, who had recently been fired for criticizing the massive mobilization of teachers for mandatory “public” works and such as cleaning the streets, weeding and picking cotton, as well as repairing and constructing public buildings. The journalist had …

Press Release: Concern Mounts for Long-Imprisoned Journalist Moved into Solitary Confinement

See the PDF version of the joint press release here. (December 16, 2016) Prison authorities in Uzbekistan have placed Muhammad Bekjanov, one of the world’s longest-imprisoned journalists, in solitary confinement, the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia (AHRCA), Freedom House, Human Rights Watch, International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Reporters …