Tag "torture"

Decisive action to hold official accountable not so decisive after all

Official fired by Mirziyoev for abusing farmers and officials reappointed to district head with oversight over farmers Zoyir Mirzayev, the Deputy Prime Minister fired by the president of Uzbekistan on October 29 for punishing farmers and officials, was appointed  hokim of the Sharaf-Rashidov district of Jizzakh region on November 7. The official reason for Mirzayev’s dismissal was …

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 …

Azam Turgunov on the ex-prison warden, Abdukarim Shodiyev: “This person deserves to be imprisoned for a long time.”

56-year-old Abdukarim Shodiyev, who had been the head of the Central Penal Correction Department (CPCD) until February 2018, was arrested in Uzbekistan. A criminal case against him was filed under Article 301 (Abuse of Power, Stretch of Power or Administrative Dereliction) and Article 230 (Deliberately Bringing Criminal Charges against an Innocent Person). On March 9, …

UN Official Calls for Rights Reforms in Uzbekistan

Envoy Presses for Justice for Andijan Massacre (Geneva, May 13, 2017) – The United Nations high commissioner for human rights called on President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan on May 10 and 11, 2017, to turn his government’s pledges for reform into concrete human rights improvements and fulfill its obligations under human rights law, eight human …