Tag "Threats"

Head of Gurlen District Assaults Farmer

Uzbek-German Forum has received an audio recording of Alisher Salayev, the head of the Gurlen district of the Khorezm region, in which he is heard shouting and using obscene language during a meeting with farmers on March 11  in the building of the Gurlen district hokimiyat. According to the UGF monitor who spoke to an …

Harassment of Human Rights Activist Uktam Pardayev by Jizzakh Officials Continues

Jizzakh human rights activist Uktam Pardayev is seriously concerned for his own safety and the safety of his family. On February 24, Pardayev told Uzbek-German Forum (UGF) that over the past week, he and his family members have been under surveillance. This follows the ongoing court case brought against him by the Jizzakh authorities which …

Cotton Harvest Chronicle 2018, Issue 2, October 1, 2018 

Unlike all previous years, during the first ten days of the cotton picking period, forced mobilization for the cotton harvest in 2018 does not appear to be on a massive scale. Employees of educational and medical institutions have not been recruited to collect cotton. However, reports by UGF monitors, eyewitness accounts, and publications in the independent press …

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 …

(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 Official Unleashes Torrent of Abuse at Cotton Meeting

Intimidation, threats, and humiliation used to meet cotton quotas (Berlin, November 21, 2017) — The head of the Parkent district administration of the Tashkent region, Nematulla Abdullaev, held a 45-minute meeting on November 1, 2017, during which he used abusive and insulting language to humiliate and intimidate the heads of organizations, enterprises, and community leaders …

NEW: Info Brochure on Forced Labor in Uzbek Cotton Sector

UGF has released a new info brochure summarizing the most important facts and numbers about forced labor in the Uzbek cotton sector, presenting findings of our latest monitoring in 2016. Download the PDF here.  

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 …

In this interviews names of cities and people won’t be disclosed in order to protect the identity of the interviewees. November 2, 2016. “On September 5, 2016 we all gathered in the square to lay flowers next to the portrait of our president, who had died just a few days before. On the same day …

On October 21st, 2016 the human rights activist, Elena Urlaeva, received an official reply from D.R. Makhmudov, the acting prosecutor of the Chinaz district of the Tashkent region. The letter concerned Elena Urlaeva’s earlier complaint, in which she criticized the use of forced labor among employees of medical institutions in the city of Tashkent during …