Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Uzbekistan: Illegal Investigations And Closed Trials Over 100 People

Posted by Info on 26/02/2010

Syrdaria Oblast court started the trial over the group of 67 people, accused of participation in the radical religious movements of Jihadists and Brothers. Meanwhile, the Pakhtakor district court of the Dzijak Oblast also considers the case of another 24 “religious extremists” while over 80 practicing Muslims have been arrested in the Chirchik city of the Tashkent Oblast.

Ezgulik organization pays attention to the fact that overall over 100 people are being accused of offense against the Constitutional system of Uzbekistan and spread of information, threatening public security. The investigation authorities affirm they have evidences of guilt.
“If such statements are true there is a real threat to our national security. On the other hand, we do not understand why mass media, official agencies, radio and television of Uzbekistan do not cover these events”
Ezgulik notes.

The human rights activists indicate that current illegal investigations and closed trials distinctly remind the wave of arrests, trials and sentences after explosions in February of 1999 in Tashkent, suicide bombings in 2004 and wide arrests and closed trials, following the Andijan massacre.

Analyzing current situation, the Ezgulik organization urged the government of Uzbekistan Prosecutor General’s office, National TV and Radio Company to inform population about current situation in the republic in full compliance with the Constitution of Uzbekistan.
Nonetheless, most likely the authorities are not ready to share the details of fight against religious extremism that looks more like campaign against dissidents and political activists.

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