June 20, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The UN Committee Against Torture has ruled that Kazakhstan's extradition of 29 Uzbek refugees was a violation of international human rights agreements, including the Convention Against Torture. The committee stated in a ruling that the extradited Uzbekistan nationals faced risk of torture in ...[read more]
March 15, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday that the Uzbekistan government has ordered the closure of the advocacy group's Uzbek office. HRW learned from the Uzbekistan Supreme Court on March 10 that, after maintaining a presence in the country for 15 years, it would have to vacate its offices in ...[read more]
April 5, 2010
by Daniel Richey
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Uzbekistan Monday to deliver on promises to improve its human rights record. In a speech to the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent, Ban challenged the former Soviet republic to live up to its obligations as a signatory to various ...[read more]
April 2, 2010
by David Manes
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Turkmenistan to place a stronger emphasis on human rights. At a joint press conference with Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Ban said that he, called on the government to fulfill all obligations under international human... ...[read more]
March 28, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
The UN Human Rights Committee has called on Uzbekistan to carry out an independent investigation into the May 2005 Andijan clashes between Uzbek protesters, soldiers and police that human rights groups claim killed up to 500 people. Uzbek officials have officially put the death toll at 173. The ...[read more]
January 27, 2010
by Jay Carmella
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Tuesday that an Uzbek Guantanamo Bay detainee has been transferred to Switzerland. The detainee, whose identity will not be disclosed in order to facilitate his transition into life in Switzerland, was unanimously approved for transfer. The Swiss ...[read more]
December 16, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The Swiss government announced Wednesday that it has agreed to accept one Uzbek Guantanamo Bay detainee for resettlement on humanitarian grounds. The unidentified detainee has been held at Guantanamo since 2005 but has never faced charges. The detainee has been cleared for release since... ...[read more]
October 30, 2009
by Andrew Wood
Veronika Szente Goldston: With its decision to lift the remaining sanctions against Uzbekistan despite Tashkent's atrocious rights record, the EU has effectively abandoned any credible effort to achieve human rights improvements through its Uzbekistan policy.The EU had set clear criteria... ...[read more]
October 27, 2009
by Sarah Paulsworth
The European Union (EU) announced Tuesday that it is lifting the final sanctions still in place against Uzbekistan in connection with the May 2005 clashes in Andijan. The decision was made in the face of resolute opposition due to Uzbekistan's poor human rights record. The EU statement says: ...[read more]
May 5, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has released its annual report on worldwide religious freedoms, elevating Iraq and Nigeria to its list of countries of particular concern (CPC) and adding six new countries to its watch list. The other CPC are Burm... ...[read more]

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