Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Archive for March 26th, 2010

Promised Immunity Andijan Refugee Arrested After Return to Uzbekistan

Posted by Info on 26/03/2010

Abduqodirova and her brother Muhammadjon Muminov fled to Kyrgyzstan in 2005 for fear they would be swept up in the mass arrests that followed violence in May that year, when government troops opened fire on a crowd of protesters, killing and wounding several hundred.

Abduqodirova and Muhammadjon Muminov were able to relocate from Kyrgyzstan to Australia as political refugees, but the Uzbek authorities succeeded in enticing her back with promises of immunity.

“In early 2010, the law enforcement agencies called my sister’s husband and told him that our president [Islam Karimov] had pardoned Dilorom a long time ago. They said that Dilorom was welcome to return home to her family, where besides her husband she has four children; and that no one would touch her or persecute her.
“So she came back to Uzbekistan.”

On March 12, she was arrested and now also faces more charges of “assisting extremists” and “attempting to overthrow the constitutional order”, for which the law prescribes prison terms of 15 to 20 years.
The Uzbek state has provided Abduqodirova with a defence lawyer, who was unavailable for comment as she was away on a business trip. The authorities have refused to allow a different lawyer to be hired.

“The prosecution service said that the investigation was now over and the case would be sent to court without a lawyer,” said Muminov. That means she is going to stand trial with no defence lawyer.

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Uzbekistan: Everybody Needs Exit Visa – Authorization Costs Time And Money

Posted by Info on 26/03/2010

Uzbek citizens are limited in free travel. Every person, willing to go abroad (except for few destinations) must get exit visa, the authorization sticker with only 2 years of validity. This authorization requires time and money.
The laws assume few reasons not to issue such authorization: the official reasons can be the access to state secrets, non-performance of contract liabilities, the verdict of criminal court, military conscription and other.

Moreover the government puts strict control over foreign trips of hospital managers and healthcare ministry workers.
This is the case of violation of article 28, the Constitution of Uzbekistan, saying that the citizen of the Republic of Uzbekistan has a right for free travel within the republic, arrival to and departure from Uzbekistan, except for the cases, set by lawsand article 12 of International Pact on civil and political rights that have the same content.

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Policy For Northern Caucasus – To Use Bayonets That Leads To Victims Only

Posted by Info on 26/03/2010

“Russia has no policy for Northern Caucasus – only an attempt to use bayonets that leads to numerous victims only” said Svetlana Gannushkina, a human rights defender, chair of the committee “Civil Assistance”, a member of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) “Memorial”

“Russia has no policy for Northern Caucasus; there are actions and convulsive moves aimed at preservation, and in some cases – at restoration of the empire, by acting with bayonets only, as the empire did. It results not in success, but in terrible, irreplaceable and unforgivable victims. I think that we have passed behind the non-return point in this respect, and we’ll fail to set up stability.”..

..”life is still dangerous, and everyone who is there is under threat.”

a school mistress told about her son, whose schoolmates went to the mountains. “And every time, when they conduct a special operation there, he is taken away and interrogated, and how they interrogate – it’s clear; and she doesn’t know what to do. The only way out is to remove that guy out of there completely. Since either he joins militants, where they naturally entice him, or just perish at the next interrogation.”

She also reported that in the course of their visit to Chechnya activists of the committee “Civil Assistance” rendered material aid to people, whose houses were burnt down. “It was done to punish them.”

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Russians Towards Western Criticism Over Domestic And Foreign Policies

Posted by Info on 26/03/2010

Attitude of Russians towards Western criticism over Moscow’s domestic and foreign policies in Graphics

1) Should attention be paid to Criticism?
( yes 42%, no 45 %)

2)Why attention to criticism should not be paid?
-West is unfamiliar with Russian life, and they want to teach us – 36%
-West consider Russia the rival and wants to weaken it – 35 %
-West is spiteful over Russia – 22 %
-West is guilty over double standards – 14 %

3) Attitude of the United States being the main critic of Russia
-Aggressor seeking to establish control over all countries 73%

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