Oct 312008

Uzbekistan – Alleged torture and ill-treatment of imprisoned human rights defender

Posted on 2008/10/31

Front Line is deeply concerned by the health conditions of the imprisoned human rights defender Abdurasul Khudoynazarov who tried to commit suicide on 1 September 2008, reportedly as a result of the harsh conditions of detention he endures in the N64/1 Prison in Bekabat, Tashkent region. Abdurasul Khudoynazarov, a member of the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan (HRSU) “Ezgulik”, was arrested on 26 June 2005, and condemned to nine years imprisonment. Continue reading »

Oct 282008


Forced Child Labor in Uzbekistan’s 2008
Spring Agricultural Season

A Report Based on Surveys in Two Rural Districts in Uzbekistan
International Labor Rights Forum
And Human Rights Defenders in Uzbekistan
This report was completed by a group of Uzbek human rights defenders known to the
International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF). While these individuals deserve credit for their
thorough research, the present situation in Uzbekistan requires that they remain anonymous.
Amnesty International’s 2008 report The State of the World’s Human Rights finds that in 2007
Uzbekistan’s “human rights defenders and journalists continued to report being threatened by
members of the security services for carrying out legitimate activities. Several reported being
assaulted and beaten and detained by law enforcement officers or people they suspected
working for the security services. Relatives spoke of being threatened and harassed by security
forces; some were detained in order to put pressure on human rights defenders.”1
The report focuses on the spring 2008 agricultural season. However, there have already been
several reports showing that the problems described here have continued during the current
fall 2008 harvest, as well, despite claims to the contrary. For example, the website Uznews.net
reported on September 26, 2008, “Schoolchildren aged 13 and over have been sent to pick
cotton in all districts in Samarkand Region despite government pledges not to use child labor
in this cotton harvest…. An official from the Pastdargom District education department said
this order had taken him and his colleagues by surprise because only few days before they were
ordered to ensure 100% attendances at schools.”2
ILRF continues to work with other human rights groups, socially responsible investors and
businesses to pressure the government of Uzbekistan to end its use of children in the cotton
sector immediately.
1 “Amnesty International Report 2008: The State of the World’s Human Rights-Uzbekistan,” Amnesty
International, http://thereport.amnesty.org/eng/regions/europe-and-central-asia/uzbekistan, 2008.
2 “Schoolchildren sent to pick cotton in Samarkand Region,” Uznews.net,
http://www.uznews.net/news_single.php?lng=en&sub=top&cid=2&nid=7398, September 26, 2008.
At the end of March and in early April this year, Uzbekistan’s parliament ratified the ILO
Convention on Minimal Age of Employment (No. 138, 1973) and the Convention on
Prohibition and Immediate Action for Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour (No.
182, 1999). The very next month, however, under the direction of Uzbekistan’s central
government, local authorities and school administrations forced thousands of children out to
the fields for spring agricultural work. In temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius (96
Fahrenheit) children as young as 12 – 15 performed heavy labor, such as hoeing, weeding,
applying fertilizer and pesticides and transplanting young cotton plants. Children suffered
heatstroke, burns, and a variety of infectious diseases from the poor working conditions, long
hours, and lack of clean water and basic sanitation. School hours were truncated and for some
periods schools closed altogether to spur children into the fields. Continue reading »

Oct 212008
Freedom of Speech < back
Jamshid Karimov; photo: ferghana.ru
21.10.08 23:31
Uzbek president’s dissident nephew still locked up
Uznews.net – Samarkand’s psychiatric hospital is continuing the forced treatment and confinement of Jamshid Karimov, an independent journalist and President Islam Karimov’s nephew, a hospital source said.

Information about his release spread by sources in Jizak Region few days ago has turned out to be fake.

The source told Uznews.net today that Jamshid Karimov, 41, was still in hospital and there were no signs of his release.

“Jamshid is in hospital. We do not know when he will be discharged,” the source said.

Information on his release from the psychiatric hospital was first circulated last Saturday when it was reported that two activists of the Ezgulik society Dilmurod Muhitdinov from Andijan Region and Mamarajab Nazarov from Jizak Region were released from prison. They both were sentenced to five years in 2006.

The news about the release of Muhitdinov and Nazarov was soon confirmed by their lawyers and relatives, whereas no-one could manage to learn about the future of Jamshid Karimov. Continue reading »

Apr 092008

International covenant
on civil and political
24 April 2008
Original: ENGLISH
Ninety-second session
17 March – 4 April 2008
Communication No. 1205/2003
Submitted by: Mrs. Zinaida Yakupova (not represented by
Alleged victim: The author’s husband, Mr. Zholmurza
State party: Uzbekistan
Date of communication: 8 October 2003 (initial submission)
Document references: Special Rapporteur’s rule 92/97 decision,
transmitted to the State party on 9 October 2003
(not issued in document form)
Date of adoption of Views: 3 April 2008
* Made public by decision of the Human Rights Committee.
Page 2
Subject matter: Imposition of death penalty after unfair trial and on basis of confession
obtained under torture in another country.
Substantive issues: Torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; right to
life; right to seek pardon or commutation; right to be presumed innocent; right not to be
compelled to testify against oneself or to confess guilt.
Procedural issue: Lack of substantiation of claim.
Articles of the Covenant: 6; 7; 14, paragraphs 2 and 3(g)
Article of the Optional Protocol: 2
On 4 April 2008, the Human Rights Committee adopted the annexed text as the
Committee’s Views under article 5, paragraph 4, of the Optional Protocol in respect of
communication No. 1205/2003.
Page 3 Continue reading »

Feb 062008

—– Original Message —–



Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2008 4:32 AM

Subject: Uzbekistan: Activists Released Before EU Meeting

For Immediate Release

Uzbekistan: Activists Released Before EU Meeting

EU Should Sustain Pressure on Tashkent to Release Other Imprisoned Activists

(New York, February 5, 2008) – The Uzbek government’s recent release of five individuals imprisoned for human rights work shows that sustained international pressure on Tashkent is effective, Human Rights Watch said today. The releases occurred in the days preceding an important bilateral EU-Uzbekistan meeting in Tashkent on February 5.

The five activists released or amnestied between February 2-4 are Umida Niazova, Saidjahon Zainabitdinov, Dilmurod Muhitdinov, Ikhtior Khamraev, and Bahodir Mukhtarov. Niazova was serving a suspended prison sentence after her seven-year prison term was commuted in May 2007 (http://hrw.org/ english/docs/ 2007/05/08/ uzbeki15881. htm). Continue reading »

Jan 042008

MOSCOW: A prominent Uzbek human rights activist has been released from prison, just a month after he was sentenced to more than six years for fraud, a colleague said Friday.

Karim Bozorboyev, deputy chairman of the Esguliq human rights group, was freed under an amnesty celebrating the 15th anniversary of Uzbekistan’s constitution, Esguliq chairman Isroil Rizaev told The Associated Press. Continue reading »

Nov 252007

Thirty-ninth session
Geneva, 5 – 23 November 2007
Conclusions and recommendations of the Committee against Torture
1. The Committee considered the third periodic report of Uzbekistan (CAT/C/UZB/3) at its
789th and 792nd meetings (CAT/C/SR.789 and CAT/C/SR.792), held on 9 and 12 October 2007,
and adopted, at its 807th and 808th meetings, held on 22 November 2007 (CAT/C/SR.807 and
CAT/C/SR.808), the following conclusions and recommendations.
A. Introduction
2. The Committee welcomes the submission of the third periodic report of Uzbekistan and
the extensive responses to the list of issues (CAT/C/UZB/Q/3/Add.1) by the State party and the
representatives who participated in the oral review.
B. Positive aspects
3. The Committee welcomes the following developments, including the following
administrative, legislative and other measures taken:
(a) Scheduled introduction of habeas corpus provisions beginning 1 January 2008;
(b) Adoption of the law to abolish the death penalty beginning 1 January 2008;
(c) Amendment to article 235 of the Criminal Code, addressing some of the elements
in the definition of torture;
(d) Transfer of the authority to issue arrests warrants from the prosecutor’s office to
the courts (8 August 2005);
(e) Order No. 40, which instructs prosecutors to apply the provisions under the
Convention and applicable national laws directly;
(f) The Supreme Court’s directives to prohibit the introduction of evidence, including
testimonies, obtained under torture, resulting in courts referring “numerous criminal cases back
for further investigation after evidence had been found inadmissible.” Continue reading »

Mar 082007

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Campaign for Mutabar Tadjibaeva

Mutabar Tadjibaeva
In support of the Birdamlik (Solidarity) Movement of Uzbekistan, on International Women’s Day 2007, the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan (HRSU) and Front Line call on the Uzbek authorities to release immediately three women human rights defenders who are currently imprisoned; Mutabar Tadjibaeva, Gulbahor Turayeva and Umida Niyazova.
Mutabar Tadjibaeva is the Chairwoman of the human rights organization Fiery Hearts Club, which is based in Ferghana City in Uzbekistan. She is also one of the founders of the national movement Civil Society and a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Mutabar Tadjibaeva has monitored human rights violations in the Ferghana Valley and she has reported on issues such as the violations of women’s rights to the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), an international non-governmental organization that trains journalists in human rights reporting. Mutabar Tadjibaeva was due to attend an international conference on human rights defenders in Dublin on 8 October 2005 hosted by Front Line. She was detained on 7 October when she was scheduled to fly to Tashkent to get a connecting flight to Ireland. On 6 March 2006 human rights defender Mutabar Tadjibaeva was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment. She was subsequently moved to a psychiatric hospital. According to reports, Mutabar Tadjibaeva’s health has seriously deteriorated. She has low blood pressure and a kidney problem. Her family believes that she may have been transferred from the psychiatric hospital where she was being held to a normal hospital but they have been refused permission to visit her. It has also been reported that she is being denied appropriate medical attention. Continue reading »