Uzbekistan: Political Prisoner Free After 19 Years

Rustam Usmanov, a peaceful political activist imprisoned arbitrarily in Uzbekistan for 19 years and brutally tortured, was finally freed on February 13, 2017, at the end of his prison term, Human Rights Watch said today. Usmanov, 69, a founder of Uzbekistan’s first private bank and a vocal government critic, had been imprisoned since 1998. In 2012, days before his original […]

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Nigeria: Soldiers who maltreated crippled man in Onitsha demoted, imprisoned with hard labour

Two soldiers, caught on video assaulting a physically challenged man in Onitsha, Anambra State, have been demoted and imprisoned with hard labour. This was revealed in a statement released by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Sani Kukasheka Usman on Friday. The two soldiers’ names were given as Corporal Bature Samuel and Corportal Abdulazeez Usman of 82 Provost Company. […]

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North Korea: Celebrations Hide Human Rights Violations

(Seoul) – January 8 celebrations planned for the 33rd birthday of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un only spotlight the daily reality of terrible human rights abuses North Koreans face, Human Rights Watch said today. The annual celebrations are filled with obligatory songs, dances, and praise for the Kim family’s notoriously brutal rule. “Kim Jong-Un rules based on fear and repression, […]

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