Uzbekistan: Government crackdown on human rights defenders

Report
March 22, 2007

Uzbekistan: Government crackdown on human rights defenders

  • release immediately and unconditionally all prisoners of conscience, including Saidzhakhon Zainabitdinov; Dilmurod Muhiddinov; Mutabar Tadzhibaeva; Umida Niazova, Azam Farmanov and Alisher Karamatov; Norboi Kholzhigitov, Abdusattor Irzaev and Khabibula Akpulatov;
  • investigate promptly and impartially allegations of torture or other ill-treatment, bring to justice those responsible, and ensure redress for Azam Farmanov and Alisher Karamatov; Norboi Kholzhigitov, Abdusattor Irzaev and Khabibula Akpulatov; and Ulugbek Khaidarov;
  • publicly disclose the whereabouts of Dzhamshid Karimov, and ensure that independent human rights monitors have access to him;
  • investigate assaults on and harassment of human rights defenders, bring to justice those responsible for human rights violations against them, and ensure redress for Elena Urlaeva and Aleksei Volosevich;
  • grant the ICRC immediate access to those detained and imprisoned;
  • ensure that everyone, including human rights defenders, can peacefully exercise their right to freedom of expression in conformity with Uzbekistan’s legally binding commitments under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Amnesty International is calling on the international community to:



  • acknowledge the important role and valuable work of individuals, groups and associations in contributing to monitoring, reporting, preventing and ending violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and take measures to support the legitimate work of human rights defenders and activists;
  • when appropriate, take immediate measures to protect individual human rights defenders at risk of human rights violations.

More information on the human rights situation in Uzbekistan can be obtained at www.amnesty.org

Amnesty International Secretariat, Peter Benenson House, 1 Easton Street, London, WC1X 0DW, United Kingdom, www.amnesty .org

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