Category Archives: Complaints to UN

Joint statement: 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.

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.

Mutabar Tadjibayeva: “Ibodov’s case is a shame of the dictatorship”

Model questionnaire to be completed by persons alleging torture or their representatives

Information on the torture of a person should be transmitted to the Special Rapporteur in written form and sent to:

Special Rapporteur on Torture

We call on the United Nations Committee against Torture to oblige the Government of Uzbekistan to hold re-exhumation of the body Ilkhom Ibodov, to bring to justice all those responsible for the falsification of the criminal case against the brothers, to bring to justice those who tortured and killed Ilhom Ibodov, review the criminal case against Rakhim Ibodov, release him from prison and back his property confiscated illegally.

United Nations Human Rights of the high commissioner: A decision on the case Azimjan Askarov

азимжон аскаро

1. The author of the communication is Mr.Azimjan Askarov, a Kyrgyz national born in 1951. He claims that the State party has violated his rights under article 2; article 7, separately, and in conjunction with article 2 (3); article 9, paragraph (1); article 10, paragraph 1; article 14, paragraphs (1), (2), (3) (b), (e) and (5); article 19 and 26, of the Covenant. The Optional Protocol entered into force for the State party on 7 January 1995. The author is represented by counsel.

Letter to the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders

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Honorary Chair
The Most Reverend Desmond M.Tutu

April 1, 2016

By fax: + 41 (0) 22.917.90.06 and

Mr.Michel Forst

Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders c/o Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights – Palais Wilson United Nations Office at Geneva CH 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

RE: Arbitrary Detention of Salijon Abdurakhmanov, Azam Farmonov, Gaybullo Jalilov, Dilmurod Saidov, and Akzam Turgunov (Uzbekistan)

Freedom Now: Submission to the Human Rights Committee

Honorary Chair
The Most Reverend Desmond M.Tutu



JUNE 3, 2015


1. Freedom Now individually submits this report to assist the Human Rights Committee (Committee) in its review of Uzbekistan’s record of compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Covenant). Freedom Now is a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Washington, D.C. that seeks to free prisoners of conscience through focused legal, political, and public relations advocacy efforts.1 Since 2008, Freedom Now has worked on cases of arbitrary detention in Uzbekistan.

Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of Bobomurod Razzakov


Russia: Another refugee is under threat to be illegally extradited to Uzbekistan

Family members of Uzbek refugee Bakhodir Karimov told “Jarayon”, that the Russian court extended his detention for another month.

Tatiana, the spouse of Uzbek refugee Bakhodir Karimov, told Jarayon that on 7 November the Samara court extended her husband detention until 9 December. In the court, Tatiana was allowed to talk to her husband and take his picture. In the photo provided by Tatyana Karimova, it is easy to see that Bakhodir’s hair turned gray since his detention.

Mirsobir Khamidkariev asserted Russian secret services were involved into his abduction

He said that to his lawyer Illarion Vasiliyev in Tashkent courtroom.

Our website reported in late October that the Uzbek court agreed to allow Russian lawyer Illarion Vasiliyev to access Mirsobir Khamidkariev’s case. In early November, the journalists of our website received a letter from lawyer Vasiliyev in which he reported about his arrival in Tashkent to attend Mirsobir Khamidkariev’s case.

“I saw Mirsobir, the judge allowed us to communicated in the courtroom. The judge’s attitude to Mirsobir is positive. The process, according to his lawyer, proceeds softly. It is not a high-profile case here. The charge against him is based on article 216 (organizing illegal public associations and religious organizations) and articles 244-2 (creation, management and participation in religious extremist, separatist, fundamentalist or other banned organizations) of the Uzbek Criminal Code. The crime according to article 244-2 is a serious one, it should be removed. Nobody, including his relatives, is aware of things Mirsobir told me about in the courtroom,” said lawyer Illarion Vasiliyev.

The Uzbek court agreed to allow Russian lawyer to access the case of Mirsobir Khamidkariev

On 21 October, Illarion Vasiliyev, Russian lawyer of Uzbek refugee Mirsobir Khamidkariev, who was kidnapped this summer in Moscow, told “Jarayon”that the Uzbek court agreed to allow him to access Mirsobir Khamidkariev’s case.

“The judge has agreed to allow me to access Khamidkariev’s case. I’m going to fly to Tashkent in the near future to participate in the court sessions,” said lawyer Vasiliyev.

Petition to UN Human Rights Committee (Azamjon Formonov)


to the United Nations Human Rights Committee

In the case of



Republic of Uzbekistan

submitted for consideration under the First Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights


The United Nations Human Rights Committee

c/o Petition Team

Office of the High Commission for Human Rights

United Nations Office Geneva