EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Uzbekistan: Warning To Human Rights Activists Speaking To Foreign Journalists

Posted by Info on 04/08/2011

During the Special Correspondent programme on the Russia 1 TV channel Ms Tatyana Dovlatova talked about old people living on very small pensions in Uzbekistan and described the living conditions of her 85-year-old neighbour, Antonina Nikolaeva.

Several days after this programme was shown, Antonina Nikolava’s niece, Natalya Lebedeva, took out a lawsuit against Dovlatova at the Yakkasarai civil court. Lebdeva accused the human rights activists of infringing her aunt’s rights and demanded moral damages of 10 million sums.

Judge upholded Lebdeva’s claim for 10 million sums (US$4,000) in compensation, which is an exorbitant sum for Dovlatova who is herself a pensioner and disabled. Also A Tashkent court has rejected the appeal of human rights campaigner Tatyana Dovlatova and confirmed the decision of the court of first instance.

Moreover even after the court’s decision, the chair of the local government committee, turned down Dovlatova’s request for financial help which her and her disabled brother have been receiving for the last four years, and also refused means-tested entitlement to preferential medical treatment.

Then the inter-regional medical committee revoked Dovlatova’s disabled status, and thus she also lost her pension.

Finally, this chair Osadov, an former employee of the interior ministry reported her to the Yakkasarai criminal court and Dovlatova was fined 200,000 sums for public disorder offences.

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