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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, …

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 …

Human Rights Activist Fined for Refusing to Paint Walls of House Yellow for Arrival of Mirziyoyev

Israil Rizayev, a member of the human rights society “Ezgulik” in the Syrdarya region of Uzbekistan, was fined almost three million soums ($370) by the Prosecutor General’s Office for refusing to paint his house yellow for the arrival of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The president was due to visit the Syrdarya region on April 4. However, as an …

On July 11, 2017, the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, signed a decree for the introduction of foreign passports in place of exit visas, stickers pasted into passports permitting travel to countries with which the visa regime has been established. The decree states that a special department would be set up to facilitate the introduction …

“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, …

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 …