Uzbekistan: Release Campaigner against forced labour

Youths for Human Rights Protection and Transparency Initiative (YARPTI) has strongly condemned  the  arrest of  a campaigner against forced labour in Uzbekistan and calls for her immediate and unconditional release. Elena Urlaeva was arrested ahead of an international meeting where she was scheduled to give evidence on human rights violations, a human rights group said on Friday 3rd March. In […]

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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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Soviet-Style Suppression of Free Media Lives on in Uzbekistan

Six years after the collapse of the Soviet regime, the government of the Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan continues to use intimidation and censorship to stifle free expression in the media. In Uzbekistan: Violations of Media Freedom, released today, Human Rights Watch/Helsinki condemns these repressive measures as gross violations of international free speech standards and even of the country’s own […]

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