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Legal News
15 Mar 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Tuesday that the Uzbekistan government has ordered the closure [press release] of the advocacy group's Uzbek office. HRW learned from the Uzbekistan Supreme Court [official website, in Russian] on March 10 that, after maintaining a presence in the country for 15 years, … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2010
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] called on Uzbekistan Monday to deliver on promises to improve its human rights record. In a speech [text] to the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent, Ban challenged the former Soviet republic to live up to its obligations as a signatory … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee [official website] has called on Uzbekistan to carry out an independent investigation into the May 2005 Andijan clashes [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] between Uzbek protesters, soldiers and police that human rights groups claim killed up to 500 people [JURIST report]. Uzbek officials have … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2009
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The European Union (EU) [official website] announced [press release, PDF] Tuesday that it is lifting the final sanctions [text, PDF] still in place against Uzbekistan in connection with the May 2005 clashes in Andijan [JURIST news archive]. The decision was made in the face of resolute opposition due to … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2008
by Abigail Salisbury

[JURIST] Persons suspected of involvement in the 2005 Andijan uprising [JURIST news archive] that resulted in a massacre of unarmed civilians [JURIST report] are still being mistreated according to a new Human Rights Watch report [PDF text] released Monday. Uzbek President Islam Karimov [official profile; BBC profile] has been criticized … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled [judgment text; press release] that Russia violated the civil rights of 13 men accused of terrorism in Uzbekistan by detaining them without trial for 20 months. In 2006, Russia agreed to extradite [JURIST report] the 13 men to Uzbekistan … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] authorities have granted a pardon to a journalist and Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy group] translator sentenced to prison, according to Tuesday reports. Umida Niyazova [CPJ profile] was sentenced to seven years [JURIST report] after an Uzbek court convicted her last May of illegal border … [read more]


Legal News
6 Dec 2007
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Russia has extradited an Uzbek man sought on charges of religious extremism to his native Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] in defiance of a request by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website], a representative from the Russian advocacy group Civic Assistance said Thursday. The ECHR had formally … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2007
by Patrick Porter

[JURIST] The UN Committee against Torture [official website] said Friday it was concerned about ill-treatment and torture of detainees by Uzbekistan law enforcement officials. The committee issued a report [text] concluding a three-week meeting in Geneva where it reviewed the compliance of six countries with the UN Convention against Torture … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Uzbek President Islam Karimov [official profile; BBC profile] has registered to run for a third term in office, despite an amendment to the Uzbek constitution [text] limiting presidents to two consecutive terms. Karimov accepted a nomination to run for president earlier this month, but has given no official explanation … [read more]


Legal News
8 May 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Human rights activist Umida Niyazova received a suspended sentence on Tuesday after reading a confession and expressing regret for "the crimes [she] committed unintentionally." The Uzbek appeals court reduced the seven-year sentence [JURIST report] she received last week after being convicted of illegal border crossing, smuggling, and distributing Islamic … [read more]


Legal News
2 May 2007
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Human rights activist Umida Niyazova was sentenced to seven years in prison after an Uzbek court convicted her Tuesday of illegal border crossing, smuggling, and distributing Islamic extremist propaganda. Niyazova worked for Human Rights Watch [advocacy group] and was arrested earlier this year after returning to Uzbekistan from Kyrgyzstan … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly's Third Committee [official website] on Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs approved draft resolutions [press release] Wednesday denouncing both Belarus and Myanmar [JURIST news archives] (formerly Burma) for human rights violations. The Belarus resolution, introduced by the United States and passed by a vote of 70 … [read more]


Legal News
21 Nov 2006
by Lisl Brunner

[JURIST] A draft UN General Assembly [official website] resolution condemning human rights violations in Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] has been blocked [press release] in the General Assembly's Third Committee [official website] by a group of mainly developing nations that claim such resolutions are politically motivated. The resolution would have expressed … [read more]


Legal News
4 Oct 2006
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday criticized [press release] the decision of the UN Human Rights Council [official website] to close access to its examination of last year's uprising in Andijan [JURIST news archive] that resulted in the massacre of unarmed Uzbek civilians [BBC backgrounder]. HRW released … [read more]


Legal News
25 Aug 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Law enforcement agencies in Kyrgyzstan have been detaining asylum seekers from neighboring Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] in recent weeks as part of Kyrgyz counterterrorism sweeps, and several asylum seekers have disappeared and have possibly been forcibly returned to Uzbekistan, Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] said Friday. HRW expressed concern … [read more]


Legal News
16 Aug 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Russia [JURIST news archive] has temporarily halted the extradition of 13 Uzbeks [JURIST report] accused of terrorist acts in connection with last year's uprising in Andijan [JURIST news archive] that resulted in the massacre of hundreds unarmed Uzbek civilians [BBC backgrounder] by Uzbek government troops, pending an appeal to … [read more]


Legal News
11 Aug 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile] on Thursday said that the Kyrgyzstan decision to extradite four Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] refugees and one asylum seeker back to Uzbekistan earlier this week was a breach of Kyrgyzstan's obligations under the Convention Against Torture [text] and warned … [read more]


Legal News
11 Aug 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile] on Thursday said that the Kyrgyzstan decision to extradite four Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] refugees and one asylum seeker back to Uzbekistan earlier this week was a breach of Kyrgyzstan's obligations under the Convention Against Torture [text] and warned … [read more]


Legal News
4 Aug 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors said Thursday that they had approved a request from Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] to extradite 13 people accused of terrorist acts in connection with last year's uprising in Andijan [JURIST news archive] that resulted in the massacre of unarmed Uzbek civilians [BBC backgrounder]. Russian officials said that … [read more]

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