Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Uzbekistan: Activist Hit With New Sentence – 13 years

Posted by Info on 15/08/2010

Jalilov, a Karshi-based member of the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan, had been serving a 9-year sentence, convicted of religious extremism charges in an unfair trial on January 18. In a closed hearing on August 6 in the Kashkadarya Regional Criminal Court, he was sentenced to an additional four years on new criminal charges of anti-constitutional activity (article 159-1, parts a and b, of the Uzbek Criminal Code) extending his sentence to 13 years.

“Jalilov should not be in prison in the first place given the lack of credible evidence against him,” said Rachel Denber, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The extension of Jalilov’s sentence shows the harshness of the Uzbek government’s campaign against human rights activists.”

Jalilov is a pious Muslim and since 2003, a member of the Kashkadarya Branch of the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan. His work has focused on the violation of the right to religious freedom, and in particular, on the persecution of independent Muslims in the Kashkadarya region.

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