Oct 142009
 

Announcement

Greetings, dear countrymen!
I send this announcement with the sole purpose of informing you that I am returning to Uzbekistan. As you know, the Birdamlik movement was formed on October 10, 2004. Today it is officially registered in the US, Norway, and Sweden, and branches exist in Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan as well as in the autonomous republic of Karakalpakstan. Continue reading »

Aug 112009
 

Russian Federation: Front Line calls for independent investigation into the killing of human rights defender Zarema Sadulayeva and her husband Alik Djibralov

Front Line calls on President Medvedev to urgently establish an independent investigation, in association with international experts, into the killing of human rights defender Zarema Sadulayeva and her husband Alik Djibralov . Continue reading »

Aug 052009
 

Once justice and legitimacy fade away a state becomes a gang of bandits.
Augustine Aurelius.

The statement of Human rights Society of Uzbekistan
About compulsory and child labour in Uzbekistan


The August, 5th, 2009

Since 2004, Uzbek and international human rights organizations have constantly brought up the question on the use of child and forced labour in the cultivation of a cotton and by the authorities of Uzbekistan. The authorities have not recognized or have denied compulsory attraction of schoolboys, 12-16 aged, to agricultural works. With the boycott beginning on the purchase of the Uzbek cotton by a number of known foreign firms, such as Tesco, Walmart, Target, Levi Strauss, Gap, Limited Brands and Marks and Spencer and H&M the authorities of Uzbekistan in first half of 2008 were forced to ratify two documents of the United Nations on child labour, namely the Convention of the International Labour Organization No.138 “About the minimum age for employment” and the United Nations No.182 “About prohibition and immediate measures on eradication of the worst forms of child labour”. Continue reading »

Jul 242009
 

poetandhrdyusufjumaUzbekistan: Political Prisoner Abused in Detention

Authorities Should Free Yusuf Jumaev Without Delaygeneva.15.12.2008.

(New York, July 24, 2009) – Uzbek authorities should promptly investigate allegations of ill-treatment against the jailed dissident Yusuf Jumaev and ensure his prompt release from prison, Human Rights Watch said today.

In mid-June 2009, officials at Jaslyk Prison put Jumaev in an isolation cell for eight days without giving him any reason, family members said. He was transferred back to his regular cell only after his health deteriorated severely, said his daughter, who met with him earlier this month. Because the isolation cell is right above the prison kitchen, it is very hot.

Jumaev’s family said that prison guards had burned him several times during his detention by placing a hot electric teapot on his shoulders. He was reportedly denied use of a toilet and was not allowed out of the cell at all during the eight days. He was also denied food and water for at least two of the days. Continue reading »

Jul 162009
 

Ms. Navi Pillay
High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations
Geneva/ Switzerland

Subject: Human rights situation in Camp Ashraf-Iraq

Dear Ms. Pillay
Since January 1st, 2009, when the protection of Camp Ashraf in Iraq has been transferred from US forces to the Iraqi government, the international community is faced with an increasing anxiety over the violation of the most basic rights of 3500 people in Camp Ashraf who 1000 of them are women.  Ashraf is home to the members of the Iranian opposition, People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI).
Following the Iranian regime’s supreme leader called imperatively on 28 February 2009, on Iraqi government to implement their bilateral agreement to expel PMOI members from Iraq as quickly as possible, the concerns and worries have escalated. In this regard, the Iraqi authorities have threatened to attack buildings in Ashraf and are insisting to displace residents of Ashraf to remote locations in Iraq against international law. Amnesty International has in particular expressed its concern over the statement by Iraqi National Security Advisor who confessed,” The authorities are planning to make their presence in Iraq gradually intolerable “. Continue reading »

Jun 242009
 

Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan

S  T  A  T  E  M  E  N  T
on Poverty in Uzbekistan

That fact which follows from human nature that any capable, sane person cannot subject the members of the family to poverty at his own will. It is an axiom.
Short of wars, natural cataclysms and various epidemics which can sometimes occur in the history of this or that state, one of the dangerous social harms – poverty, is a direct consequence of the  criminal policy of the powermongering dictators. Good will of heads of state and freedom given to the people, multiplied by diligence and the initiative of people, leads to state prosperity even if it is not completely rich with natural resources. Japan is one of the best examples to acknowledge the fact. Continue reading »

Jun 112009
 

Only a boycott of Uzbek cotton can convince the
Karimov regime to stop forced child labor in this country!
An open letter from Uzbek civic activists to:
· The European Union
· The United States Administration
· Companies importing cotton, textiles,
and cotton products
· International Executive Committee of
Cotton, Textiles, and Cotton Products;
Bremen Cotton Exchange; Gdynia
Cotton Association
· World Bank
· Asian Development Bank
cc:
· United Nations Human Rights Council
· International Labor Organization
· UNICEF
· European Bank for Reconstruction and
Development
· The Government and Citizens of
Uzbekistan
· Those concerned about human rights
in Uzbekistan
June 3, 2009
Summary:
· Despite ratifying International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions, Uzbekistan
continues to use forced child labor.
· Uzbekistan does not reinvest the proceeds from its cotton exports into cotton
producers and the rural areas where it is grown, but siphons it into the hands of a
small group of the country’s ruling elites.
· World Bank and Asian Development Bank loans to Uzbekistan’s agricultural sector
have not led to genuine reform. Uzbekistan’s continued reliance upon a command
economy paves the way for loans to go into the hands of the ruling elite. Activists are
calling for international financial instruments to lend to the Uzbek agro-sector only
on a conditional basis, to encourage the reforms that would free Uzbek farmers
from the tyranny of a corrupt regime.
· Activists are calling for a boycott of Uzbek cotton. They call upon companies
importing cotton, in particular the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre , as well as
retailers, to adhere to the principles of corporate social responsibility
· The international community should not take at face value mere spoken or written
commitments made by Uzbekistan, but should demand actions demonstrating a
complete end to the practice of forced child labor that can be verified via an
independent monitoring during the cotton season.
· Activists call on the U.S. government and the EU to take steps to prevent their
markets from being penetrated by products bearing traces of forced child labor. Continue reading »