Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Uzbek Court Jails Muslim Activists

Posted by Info on 24/06/2011

International human rights groups have accused Uzbek President Islam Karimov of using an alleged terrorism threat in the country as a pretext to repress opposition to his rule.

Once again a court in Uzbekistan has handed out jail sentences to a group of men accused of taking part in a banned Muslim group. Bakhtiyar Makhamatov and Nematilla Sakhibov were convicted of membership in the Hizb ut-Tahrir organisation and sentenced to seven years in prison.
Six other detainees received six-year prison sentences on charges of membership in the cell run by Makhamatov and Sakhibov.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is a pan-Islamic movement with adherents throughout the Muslim world.

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