Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

UN Wants Investigation of Uzbekistan Systematic Police Rape And Torture

Posted by Info on 22/01/2010

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak, says he has seen reports of police torture and rape. He has called on the government to let him go to Uzbekistan to investigate. There have been previous reports that torture was routinely used in prisons.

Mr Nowak’s comments have been backed by human rights groups in Uzbekistan, who confirms that torture and abuse by police and investigating authorities are tacitly encouraged by senior government officials. Mr Nowak says that impunity is another huge problem. As long as people know they have nothing to fear, and that is the reality in Uzbekistan so far, it is very difficult to take effective preventive measures“.

He is asking the Uzbek government to invite him for a fact-finding mission.
“I am ready, I also communicated that to the government repeatedly, for a follow-up mission in this particular case because I receive such conflicting information.”
But so far Mr Nowak has not received an invitation.

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