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.
Dublin: Call for release of imprisoned human rights defenders in Uzbekistan
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From: HRW ECA
To: HRW ECA
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).
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.
|Saturday, 13 January 2007|
|Uznews.net – A human rights defender from Jizak and a member of Independent Human Rights Organisation of Uzbekistan, Utkir Pardayev, was released from prison on 11 January. Pardayev is the second human rights defender who was released in Uzbekistan following a pardoning campaign in December 2006.|