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ASFA Consulting Immigration Expert Witness
Expressions of Gratitude to Mary Lawlor
OSCE HDIM statement: Human rights in Uzbekistan after Karimov
Human rights in Uzbekistan after Karimov
The international community must force the government of Uzbekistan to respect the human rights laws
Statement on the case of journalist Barno Hudoyarova

Write Letters to our Friends in Prison!

PS. In May 30, 2017, Bergül Varan who is the sister of Betül Varan, one of the vocalists of Grup Yorum which is one of the leftist music groups, members of which are frequently arrested and concerts of which are cancelled, and was taken into custody during a police raid at Idil Cultural Center in Istanbul, was tortured by her hair being torn out from their roots as it is seen in the photograph, in the action force vehicle where she was kept for two hours.

We, the women activists in Turkey, make a call to the international society to stand in solidarity with our friends in prison. Support us in our joint action by writing open letters to them.

In our letters, we are sharing our memories, stories, thoughts, and wishes about our friends who are detained or arrested, or convicted… They are women rights activists, politicians, journalists, authors, and lawyers… We marched together at every protest with our friends in prison. We organized conferences, panel discussions, festivals. We were side by side when we went to the funerals of femicide victims, when we paid our condolences to their families.

Joint statement: Uzbekistan must start genuine cooperation with the UN!

  

UZBEKISTAN MUST START GENUINE COOPERATION WITH THE UN

1 August 2017 —The Presidency of Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who took over from Islam Karimov in September 2016, has failed to take any measurable steps to implement its international human rights obligations and to cooperate fully with the United Nations.

Two years ago, the UN Human Rights Committee1 found the Uzbek government responsible for the torture and ill-treatment of prominent Uzbek human rights defender Mutabar Tadjibayeva, who was tortured, raped and forcibly sterilized in Uzbekistan.

http://www.redress.org/downloads/unhrc-decision-mutabar-ccpr-c-114-d-2234-2013.pdf

The Committee found multiple violations of her rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (to which Uzbekistan acceded in 1995), committed by Uzbekistan in response to her human rights work, including her right to be free from torture and ill-treatment; to liberty and security; to a fair trial; to freedom of expression and to be protected against discrimination on the grounds of sex and opinion.

Uzbekistan was requested to promptly investigate, prosecute and punish those responsible, and to compensate her, but this decision remains unimplemented together with dozens of other UN decisions. This is despite the fact that the Committee found that Tadjibayeva had presented compelling evidence that showed that she was singled out for harassment, abuse and torture, both as a human rights activist and as a woman.

The deadline set by the UN to implement its decision in Tadjibayeva’s case expired in April 2016, more than a year ago. But instead of meeting its international obligations, in October 2016 Uzbekistan challenged the findings of the Committee citing arguments already presented to the Committee during the case review and which were assessed as not credible.

Uzbekistan’s submission to the Committee contained serious factual mistakes. The government also stated that it was impossible to establish the truth in Tadjibayeva’s case since it had destroyed all relevant files past the 10-year time limit set in the national legislation for file preservation. REDRESS and FIDH informed the Committee that Uzbekistan had not complied with any of the measures ordered two years ago.

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“Uzbekistan has a new leader, yet the abuses continue. Uzbekistan continues with its abysmal human rights record and is showing its total disrespect for the UN and its international obligations,” deplored Antoine Madelin, International Advocacy Director of FIDH.

Uzbekistan is acting in bad faith when it asserts that a crime can remain unpunished if the documents have been destroyed. The UN has found that the government is responsible for the violations that I suffered and it’s obliged to provide me with a remedy,” commented Tadjibayeva.

“Moreover, if the government of Uzbekistan is to open a criminal investigation into the violations found by the Committee, I stand ready to provide the authorities with all necessary copies of documents related to my case, added Tadjibayeva.

The Government of Uzbekistan must remedy the lasting-harm caused to Ms Tadjibayeva by years of torture and extreme gender-based violence,” said Carla Ferstman, Director of REDRESS. “But instead of fulfilling its obligations, it has chosen to continue to deny the gross violations committed against her and to prolong her suffering.”

The UN Human Rights Committee, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and the UN Committee against Torture have documented for more than a decade the widespread nature of torture in Uzbekistan’s prisons and places of detention.

For 14 years, Uzbekistan denied access to at least 14 UN experts who requested invitations, including the UN special rapporteurs on the situation of human rights defenders and on torture, and has failed to comply with recommendations made by various expert bodies.

The first visit of a high level human rights official was not allowed until May 2017, when the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights visited the country for two days and urged the Uzbek government to translate words into actions.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact Eva Sanchis, Head of Communications of REDRESS, on +44 (0)20 7793 1777 or eva@redress.org (English), Mutabar Tadjibayeva (Uzbek, Russian), President of Fiery Hearts Club, on +33 6 79 23 39 27  mutabartadjibaeva@gmail.com or Audrey Couprie (English, French, Spanish), Press Officer of FIDH, on acouprie@fidh.org, or +33 6 48 05 91 57.

Background information

Mutabar Tadjibayeva has repeatedly sought an investigation from the Uzbek authorities into the serious human rights violations that she has suffered since 2002, but her claims have never been properly investigated and no-one has ever been prosecuted for them.

Tadjibayeva forcefully condemned the killing of hundreds of unarmed civilians by government forces in the city of Andijan in May 2005.  Five months later, she was arrested by masked and armed security forces. She was charged on 18 counts of criminal activity, including tax fraud and membership of an illegal organisation – her own human rights group, the Fiery Hearst Club. In 2006, she was sentenced to eight years in prison following a trial that violated the most basic international fair trial standards.

While in prison, she was forced to undergo an operation to remove her uterus, which left her infertile. She has never been given the reason for the operation. During her two years and eight months in prison, she suffered other forms of torture and ill-treatment, including being beaten, hung from a hook, forced to stand naked in the cold until she fell unconscious, and being placed in solitary confinement and a psychiatric ward with dangerous criminals. She was freed in June 2008, after intensive efforts by diplomats and human rights organisations.

Previous to her imprisonment, in April 2005, Tadjibayeva was kidnapped by several law enforcement officials and taken to the Department of Internal Affairs, where she was interrogated about her human rights activities and gang-raped.

In 2005, Tadjibayeva was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

In 2008 she received the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders whereas the Fiery Hearts Club that she founded, and which now runs from Paris where she has been living as a refugee since 2009, was awarded the Medaille de la République Française de la Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité.


The Uzbek government has a well-documented record of serious human rights violations, including systematic torture and ill-treatment of human rights defenders and political prisoners. There have also been reports by rights organisations of a government campaign to forcibly sterilise women in Uzbekistan.

https://www.fidh.org/en/region/europe-central-asia/uzbekistan/uzbekistan-must-start-genuine-cooperation-with-the-un

http://www.redress.org/downloads/020817tadjivayevapress-releaseenglish.pdf

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Expressions of Gratitude to Mary Lawlor

The International human rights organization “Fiery Hearts Club” would like to express its gratitude to current Executive Director of Front Line Defenders, Mary Lawlor, for her work in human rights, for her support of human rights defenders in Uzbekistan. We express our gratitude for her help in the liberation of political prisoners in particular, the head of the “Fiery Hearts Club ” Mutabar Tadjibayeva.

In August 2007 while Mutabar Tadjibayeva was in prison in Uzbekistan, Front Line Defenders sent the flowers to her for the birthday and the prison administration was forced to give this gift to Mutabar Tadjibayeva. These flowers were able to penetrate the Uzbek penitentiary system. It was a shock for the dictatorship regime in Uzbekistan. Because of that simple gift the prison administration have stopped mistreating her.

We thank Mary Lawlor for her fight for the rights of human rights defenders and political prisoners. Front Line Defenders was one of the first organizations that responded and supported our campaign of visiting of political prisoners in prisons. The civil society of Uzbekistan expresses its gratitude to Mary Lawlor for everything that was done for the human rights movement in Uzbekistan ! Front Line Defenders is one of the organizations who reacts first on the violation of human rights in Uzbekistan. We hope to continue our cooperation with Front Line Defenders and the future Executive Director Andrew Anderson.

Sincerely,

Mutabar Tadjibayeva

The head of IHRA
“Fiery Hearts Club”

OSCE HDIM statement: Human rights in Uzbekistan after Karimov

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Flyer for briefing held on 22 September 2016

President Karimov’s sudden death in September brought to an end his 27-year long rule which was marked by profound disregard for fundamental rights and freedoms, the brutal crushing of dissent and a justice system where torture and arbitrary detentions were the norm.

Human rights in Uzbekistan after Karimov

In the morning of 22 September 2016 International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), the International Federation for Human Rights, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch organized the side event “Human rights in Uzbekistan after Karimov” at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) in Warsaw.

The international community must force the government of Uzbekistan to respect the human rights laws

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The International Human Rights Organization “Fiery Hearts Club”, Coordination Council of the Civil Society “Alternative Uzbekistan”, Public Council “Service of the Fatherland” call the government of Uzbekistan and the international organizations to pay attention to the current human rights situation in Uzbekistan.

The news of Islam Karimov’s illness was widely discussed in Uzbekistan as well as abroad. For some time the government did not provide any information regarding the president’s health, which, in turn, provoked growing tension in the country.

Karimov had remained in power for 27 years. Young people who were born and raised during his rule comprise the majority of the 32-million population. Many of these young people cannot imagine their life without Karimov and are therefore panicking.

Statement on the case of journalist Barno Hudoyarova

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To UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression,
to OSCE and to  International organizations for the
protection of the rights of journalists

Uzbekistan is a country with an authoritarian regime where the human rights are systematically violated. The government uses all methods of control, such as psychological pressure, blackmailing, the use of local institutions (Mahalla) to hinder the work of human rights defenders, deprivation of basic living sources, threats and arrests on trumped-up charges.

In 2016, Reporters without Borders (RWB) has published a new edition of the World Press Freedom Index, which shows increased number of government attacks against journalist, certain ideologies and particular groups of interest. This chart reflects the degree of freedom of actions of local journalists and represented by 180 different countries of the world. According to the regional index, Europe (19.8 place) is the area where the journalists are free.

Civil society activists are asking for financial support for the participation in  OSCE meeting!

 

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Urgently! International organizations and foundations!

After the death of Islam Karimov the situation in Uzbekistan is inclear.  The OSCE meeting will be organized in september in Warsaw and this event will be very important not only for human rights defenders of Uzbekistan, but also for the European community. It is important for the international human rights organizations to discuss the next steps on human rights in Uzbekistant in the presence of human rights defenders, journalists and activists of this country.

New CENTRE1.COM – Centre-1 website launched to cover news from Central Asian countries

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For immediate release

September 1st2016

New CENTRE1.COM – Centre-1 website launched to cover news from Central Asian countries

On 1 September the new centre1.com news website started covering news from Central Asia and its team led by Editor-in-Chief Galima Bukharbayeva intends to make it one of the best sources of information on the region.

The staff of the website will offer quality journalism and reliable information about most topical events, people and developments in Central Asia, as well an opportunity for discussion and exchange of views.