Apr 212009
Lola Karimova-Tillayeva
21.04.09 16:05
Uzbek president’s second daughter enters Paris’s beau monde
Uznews.net – Uzbek President Islam Karimov must be proud of his daughters who are Uzbekistan’s ambassadors to UN agencies in Europe where they have become friends of A-list cinema and show business stars.

The president’s youngest daughter, Lola Karimova-Tillayeva, Uzbekistan’s ambassador to UNESCO, has hosted a reception in Paris on 8 April to present her new Uzbekistan 2020 charity fund.

Her website reported that the former First Lady of France Bernadette Chirac and the incumbent French president’s elder brother, Guillaume Sarkozy, a textile producer, had attended the reception.

French actor Alain Delon even kissed her hand, flattering her self-esteem.

The Uzbek president’s daughter was all glamorous, wearing diamonds and carrying a little silver bag.

What is it about the Uzbekistan 2020 fund that makes it possible for it to gather France’s beau monde around the daughter of one of the world’s most brutal dictators?

Karimova-Tillayeva’s website says that the fund aims to hold cultural and intellectual exchange between Uzbekistan and Europe and support children’s education and development in Uzbekistan. These aims should be achieved by 2020, which is why the fund is called Uzbekistan 2020.

The successful advancement of Lola Karimova and her sister Gulnara Karimova, who is Uzbekistan’s ambassador to the UN Office at Geneva, in the European high society is thanks to Europeans’ unawareness about the situation in Uzbekistan, believes Uzbek human rights activist Mutabar Tajibayeva, who is now in Paris.

“The French people know almost nothing about our country and that Gulnara and Lola are the daughters of the dictator who is responsible for the massacre of people in Andijan in 2005 and for the terrible human rights and economic situation in the country,” Tajibayeva said. Continue reading »

Apr 032009
Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele and Gulnara Karimova
03.04.09 23:38                 gulnora-karimova
Chopard postpones cooperation with Uzbek presidential daughter
Uznews.net – The Swiss jewellery company Chopard has declined to hold the joint presentation of the new Guli brand, created by the Uzbek president’s daughter Gulnara Karimova, at a watch and jewellery tradeshow in Basel.

Despite the long-planned joint presentation of Gulnara’s jewellery collection at the Basel fair between 26 March and 2 April, Chopard suddenly backed away from its commitment, postponing the event indefinitely.

There was no joint presentation of the collection by Guli and Chopard in Basel, Annette Heuer, Chopard’s public relations officer, said.

She said that Chopard had not stopped cooperation with Karimova, who is Uzbekistan’s envoy to the UN Office at Geneva, but had suspended it until it found out what the money raised from the sales of the collection would be spent on. Karimova’s guli.uz website claims that it will be spent on children’s projects in Uzbekistan.

Realising that cooperation with Karimova, a daughter of one of the world’s most brutal dictators, will give rise to questions about Chopard’s policy and ethical standards, Heuer tried to reassure the press that this cooperation had nothing to do with politics. Continue reading »

Mar 252009
Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele and Gulnara Karimova
25.03.09 10:54
Chopard and Guli blood diamonds
Uznews.net – Uzbek human rights activist Abdujalil Boymatov has urged Chopard jewellery and watch company to reconsider its relations with Gulnara Karimova and plans to promote the Guli brand in order to avoid association with blood diamonds.

Boimatov said he sent a letter to the company in which he expressed his bewilderment about its cooperation with the Uzbek president’s daughter Gulnara Karimova. Continue reading »

Feb 192009


Independent HRDs from Uzbekistan are worried and anxious about the news they are receiving about the dreadful situation in which prisoners of conscience find themselves in their places of detention. Many of them are being bullied by fanatical staff from penal colonies, and the tyrannical supervisors in the prisons subject them to all sorts of provocations. They do not receive medical assistance in time, and on many occasions their relatives have been denied permission to see them for various far-fetched reasons. Continue reading »

Feb 062009
People and the State
Alisher Karamatov; photo: HRSU
06.02.09 11:49
Human Rights Watch calls for release of Uzbek activist
Uznews.net – Human Rights Watch has urged Uzbekistan to immediately release convicted human rights activist Alisher Karamatov who is facing torture in prison.

It also demanded that the authorities investigate an incident when prison officers tortured him in freezing conditions on 30 December 2008.

His wife Namuna Karamatova said that prison guards had tortured him to confess to a disciplinary violation – attending prayers.

She complained that because of tuberculosis he was transferred from the Karshi prison to the Tashkent prison’s hospital in autumn 2008 and now he spat blood. 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.
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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 »

Jan 072004

Society of Human Rights of Uzbekistan

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

Augustine Aurelius.

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(According to the report of the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on the question of torture, Theo van Boven, presented in accordance with Commission Resolution 2002/38)

January 7, 2004

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

Augustine Aurelius.


“… This Great Eastern-Slavic empire … created by Germans, Byzantines and Mongols, living last decades of its life … But even after its collapse, for a long time a State that is going to exist in Central Asia will combine communistic ideology, phraseology and eastern despotism.”

Andrei Amalrik, Soviet dissident of 1960s

For many years now Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan (HRSU) has been informing world democratic society, democratic institutes all over the world not only about the fact that torture is used in penitentiary institutions of Uzbekistan but that it has also become a part of state policy. To understand this ‘phenomenon’ of modern history of Uzbekistan let us draw your attention to the political situation of the last years of “Gorbachev’s perestroika”, of the years of independence, and also to the persona of the Head of State, who back then was one of the most atrocious communistic leaders.

No ideology other then the one recognized by the State was acceptable during the rule of Soviets. Accordingly, its power institutes were opposed to any display of personal opinion, not to mention belief. The Leaders of reorganization of society, according to so-called communistic ideals, were responsible for taking millions of innocent lives. Trying to convince the civilized world that PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE was the underlying principle of national jurisprudence, the society in fact, resided in a psycho-moral state of Middle Ages inquisition in Europe. The syncretism of national proceedings and legal ignorance of repeatedly conscripted officials had not allowed evidential basis go beyond the ill-judged PRESUMPTION OF GUILT, on which the inquisition used to build its accusations.

During the rule of the Soviets, especially during the last decades of it, leaders of all ranks were attracted not to the communist idea or commitment to it, but to the regime debugged by five-year plans. Strict hierarchy of party nomenclature was based on enforced rank worshipping, subordinating cringing before the authority. Pyramid of power and coordinated with it pyramid of privileges, in reality presented the evidence of inconsumable bribery, corruption, circular bail, and finally cult of personality.

Naturally, these defects of regime, although in more ugly form, were immanently characteristic to Soviet republics such as Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan etc. Not having any intellectual or power possibility to resist against “the Kremlin rank-people” they started to protect themselves in a very Asian way – by clans’ insularity of national establishment, which people are used to calling mafia. By using shadow economics they have been successfully lobbying their local fellowship interests in central state organs. It is only understandable that such double-dealing would not allow “civil servants” to duly protect the independence of Soviet republics declared in the Constitution of USSR. This heritage was succeeded by the newly independent states, although the party nomenclature of yesterday, transformed in the power of today imitates a very different image. That is why in the years of so-called independence these defects rose to the rank of state politics.

This is why the new leaders of Central Asian states came up with an aim TO REMAIN IN POWER FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES and not for the term as provided in Constitution, which presented a paramount importance for each of them. Filling the new political niche each and every one of them had sworn to build democratic, rule of law state in their country that will respect human rights and fundamentals common to all humanity. And even taking their oath they publicly attested their duplicity by placing hands on both the Constitution and the Koran. Faithful to their spiritual content they, it seems, have been declaring their faithfulness to both secular and teleological state. However those declarations were initially untruthful and contradicted the real designs of power usurpation. Continue reading »