Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

US Department of State Report: Uzbekistan and Human Rights Record

Posted by Info on 27/04/2011

The US Department of State has published a report on human rights in the world in 2010 in which it draws attention to the denial of political and economic rights and freedom of speech, torture, unlawful detention, child labour and other problems in Uzbekistan.

Political trials throughout Uzbekistan, where men accused of religious extremism testify to having been tortured, have almost become routine.
The Uzbek security services keep under permanent surveillance the handful of human rights activists and independent journalists who remain in the country. A change of political leadership in Uzbekistan is highly unlikely in the near future, and meanwhile the world becomes ever more accustomed to the authoritarian police regime which wields so much power in Uzbekistan.

Although the US report talks of torture and ill-treatment of political dissidents in Uzbekistan’s prisons, unfair trials, restrictions on freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of religion, child labour and violence against women in Uzbekistan, it offers no solutions to these problems.

The human rights situation has worsened in the country since 13 May 2005 when government troops killed hundreds of civilians in Andijan. The Uzbek government refused to allow any external investigation into the massacre, warning the international community against interference in Uzbekistan’s internal affairs.

After Andijan, the expulsion of US troops who had been stationed at the Karshi-Khanabad airbase since 2001 set new parameters for the Uzbek-US relationship which senior American politicians appeared to accept because of the importance to them of the northern transit route for supplying NATO and US troops deployed in Afghanistan.

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