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Akilov's wife and four children had stayed behind in Uzbekistan. Prosecutors have argued that he acted alone, even though he chatted with unidentified contacts on social media about his plans as far back as January 2017. When his trial opened in February, Akilov told the court that he wanted "Sweden ... Stockholm

At least three prisoners of conscience jailed to punish them for exercising freedom of religion or belief - all of them Muslims - have been freed early from their sentences, Forum 18 has learnt. Zulhumor and Mehrinisso Hamdamova were freed in February after more than eight years in prison. ...
He spent nearly two decades in prison for what are widely seen as trumped-up charges. But recently freed Uzbek journalist Yusuf Ruzimurodov says he holds no grudges against those who put him behind bars. The journalist says he knew all along that there would a heavy price to pay for working for ... Oppression
Even political prisoners released in the mild "Uzbek spring" that has come after Mr. Karimov's death have been obliged to pay homage, with a two-day visit ... She remained in jail, though, the statement added; she was being held on another criminal charge while the authorities sought to recover more ...
Uzbek police have detained a former deputy head of the country's National Security Service, the latest in a series of high-profile arrests of senior law enforcement officials, Tashkent sources say. Hayot Sharifkhojaev was detained in a special raid on March 30, a police officer who took part in the ...

Bucking a global trend toward authoritarianism, Uzbekistan's new leader is reining in the secret police, releasing political prisoners and allowing some freedom of expression. ... An alligator in the swimming pool, a Trump hotel room jail cell, and other news stories that sound like hoaxes — but aren't. [BBC] ...
In Uzbekistan over the past year, at least 27 jailed high-profile dissidents, some of them held in prison for nearly two decades, have been released and ... however, depends on reining in the S.N.B., which under Mr. Karimov infested the country with informers, filled jails with political prisoners who were ...
Uzbekistan's embattled human rights defenders, long harassed by the late Islam Karimov's repressive government, gathered in numbers not seen for ... Mirziyoyev has introduced some key reforms, releasing at least 26 political prisoners and relaxing restrictions on freedoms of association and expression.
Uzbek human rights activist Musajon Bobojonov has been handed a suspended three-year prison sentence after being convicted on extremism-related charges that he rejects. At a March 26 hearing, the Quva District Court in the Ferghana region found Bobojonov guilty of preparation, possession, ...
Vakhobov said the new government has removed 16,000 people from so-called “black lists” that targeted certain groups, and the president has pardoned 3,000 people viewed by some as political prisoners. He has issued decrees aimed at ending child labor and torture during investigations and punishing ...
Many of them have migrated from Uzbekistan, seeking safety in Russia from poverty and political persecution. The Russian judicial ... A month later, yet another brother was sent to prison, for trying to get a fair investigation. “I was constantly .... He's evidently having a hard time in jail.” Another client of Civic ...
In entering a guilty plea Tuesday, Fazliddin Kurbanov admitted using a prison-made knife to attack the warden at the Federal Correctional Institution at Victorville on ... The warden, who is now working at another facility operated by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, was seriously injured but has since recovered.
... there was no mistreatment of detainees in the notorious jails of Uzbekistan's powerful National Security Service (SNB), arguably the most feared institution in the country. But just minutes later Tokhtimametov, a former senior SNB interrogator, contradicts himself, recalling a brief stint in prison of his own by ...
The ice is broken in relations between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, the thaw is well under way, and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev is going to Tajikistan on March 9-10 as a sign a figurative spring has arrived. Mirziyoev has made better relations with Central Asian neighbors a priority since he became ...
Uzbek prison guards line up in Jaslik jail some 1,000 km west from the capital Tashkent, Sept. .... Several groups petitioned for the release of the media workers prisoners including Amnesty International, the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia, Civil Rights Defenders, the Committee to Protect ...
Human-rights activists are celebrating after the world's longest-imprisoned journalist was freed after 19 years in jail in Uzbekistan. ... After being imprisoned longer than any other journalist for his work – 19 years – Yusuf Ruzimuradov was finally released from prison in #Uzbekistan. Can you image ...

Human-rights activists are celebrating after the world's longest-imprisoned journalist was freed after 19 years in jail in Uzbekistan. ... After being imprisoned longer than any other journalist for his work – 19 years – Yusuf Ruzimuradov was finally released from prison in #Uzbekistan. Can you image ...
Uzbek opposition journalist Yusuf Rozimurodov has been released from prison after spending 19 years behind bars, human rights activist Ismoil Adilov has told RFE/RL. According to Adilov, Rozimurodov was released on parole from a penal colony in the town of Chirchiq near Tashkent on February 22.
Bekjanov was released last year, one of many 'political' prisoners freed by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who succeeded Uzbekistan's long-time strongman Islam Karimov in 2016. More than 20 such prisoners have now been freed under Mirziyoyev, of the 34 high-profile cases we covered back in 2014.
On the morning of May 13, 2005, a peaceful protest that had been in progress for a week by locals in Andijon who were demanding that detained local business leaders be freed was hijacked by escaped prisoners and an armed group that crossed into Uzbekistan from Kyrgyzstan in the early hours of the ...
He added that he is currently living with his wife, Nina Bekjon, who returned from the United States to Uzbekistan. Bekjon, who was widely seen as a political prisoner, was released from prison on February 22, 2017. The Reporters Without Borders nongovernmental organization had listed Bekjon as "one of ...
Uzbekistan's secret police no longer have purview over the case of a prominent journalist abducted in 2017, reports suggest. The decision ... They include Muhammad Bekjanov, who had been the world's longest-held journalist when released in February 2017 after 18 years in prison. But critics say the ...
Uzbekistan's National Security Service (SNB) has wielded immense power for decades but its "time is up," according to the new sheriff in town. President Shavkat Mirziyoev in his second year in office has made no bones about criticizing one of the pillars of his long-serving predecessor's strong-armed rule, ...
Bobomurod Abdullaev was detained on September 27, 2017 in Tashkent by officers in Uzbekistan's National Security Service (known as the “SNB”) on charges of “conspiracy to overthrow the constitutional regime” (Article 159(4) of Uzbekistan's Criminal Code), which carries up to 20 years in prison.
Uzbekistan has freed a prominent reporter who spent close to a decade in jail, the journalist told AFP Monday, feeding hopes for a thaw in one of the former Soviet ... Opposition journalist Muhammad Bekjanov spent 18 years behind bars -- one of the longest prison stretches suffered by a reporter worldwide ...
An Uzbek journalist and rights activist says he was tortured in prison and is looking forward to getting on with his life after nine years behind bars. ... He is one of several people widely considered political prisoners who have been freed since President Shavkat Mirziyoev came to power in 2016, after the ...
But if one sorts the index by abuse score alone, Uzbekistan sits in the bottom five with only Mexico, Eritrea, Syria and China with worse scores. RSF recognizes Tashkent's release of imprisoned journalists like Muhammad Bekjanov, who had been in jail for 18 years, and notes that "the trend has ...
More concerning for Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov is how Uzbekistan is achieving such a turnaround. ... Thousands languished in prisons, with international rights organizations claiming that many were tortured into making confessions and condemned at unfair trials without ...
TASHKENT (TCA) — A notorious, nearly 130-year-old jail in Uzbekistan's capital Tashkent will be replaced by a park, RFE/RL's Uzbek Service reported. ... Tashtyurma prison was built in 1891 on the order of Imperial Russian Governor-General Aleksandr Vrevsky and is one of the oldest jails in Central Asia.
TASHKENT -- An Uzbek financier has been convicted of fraud and sentenced to prison over a pyramid scheme in which tens of thousands of people lost money. The Tashkent regional court handed down the verdict and sentence against Ahmad Tursunboev on February 21. The court sentenced ...
Isroil Kholdarov, a human rights and political activist from Andijan, scene of a brutal crackdown on protesters, was freed from a jail in the capital Tashkent ... Kholdarov is the second prominent political prisoner released by Uzbekistan this month after journalist Dilmurod Said was freed after nearly a decade ...
Isroiljon Xoldorov, an Uzbek opposition politician and human rights activist who was imprisoned over the 2005 Andijon massacre, has been released after almost 12 years behind bars. Rights advocate Saidjahon Zaynobiddinov told RFE/RL that Xoldorov was released on February 21 and has rejoined his ...
A 28-year-old woman born in Uzbekistan and living in St. Petersburg was sentenced to four years in prison for the sale of her child, AFP reported. The woman traded her newborn son in October 2016 for $ 11,500 and immediately spent the money to buy a ticket to Central Asia, the court spokesman in St.
Russia Jails Uzbek Woman Who Sold Baby For Air Fare. The 28-year-old woman, originally from Uzbekistan, arranged with an Uzbek couple to buy the infant before it was born in October 2016, investigators said. World | Agence France-Presse ... The buyers were both sentenced to three years in prison.
In a newly released video, a long-jailed brother of the late former leader of the banned Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) says he was released from prison in October after 23 years behind bars. Zohid Yuldoshev's video statement, carried by several Uzbek media outlets on January 11, was the first ...
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Uzbekistan face deep-rooted homophobia, discrimination, and the threat of violence, activists and human rights defenders say. And so it was for K., as she identifies herself for security reasons, a transgender woman who says she indeed faced ...
When Karimov was in power, those detained for membership in a banned Islamic group were almost certain to be convicted and sentenced to prison. In some cases, they had reportedly been beaten or tortured to extract confessions. Most would have been sentenced to the harshest of Uzbekistan's prisons, ...
A scroll through Olim Sulaimanov's Facebook page suggests nothing of a man seeking to buck the system in Uzbekistan. .... time around, Sulaimanov arrived in prison with a reputation for being willing to go toe-to-toe against prosecutors, earning him respect among fellow prisoners and prison guards alike.
Uzbekistan was best known for systematic torture, including boiling, and forced labour in the country's cotton fields. ... From freeing political prisoners to ordering the removal of unpopular foreign travel and currency exchange restrictions, Mirziyoyev has already undone many of Karimov's signature policies.
Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev was the first to break the ice when he became the first Uzbek leader since 2000 to visit Kyrgyzstan this fall. ... by torture, which is rife in Uzbekistan's jails,” The Economist writes, while going on to note that thousands of political and religious prisoners remain in jail.
STRANGE things have been happening over the past year in Uzbekistan, Central Asia's most populous country and one of the world's most repressive police states. Political prisoners have been walking free from jail. ... Thousands of people remain in prison because of their political or religious beliefs.
Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev has signed a decree ordering what state media outlets called the first mass pardoning of convicts in the Central Asian country's history. A total of 2,700 convicts were pardoned under the decree signed on December 7, and 956 of them will be released from prison, state ...
His death underscores the continued issue of political prisoners in Uzbekistan. ... Two years after his release from prison, after serving 21 years on what human rights advocates say were political grounds, Murod Juraev passed away at the age of 65 in Tashkent. ... Men like Juraev leave jail broken. Indeed ...
TASHKENT -- Murod Juraev, a prominent Uzbek opposition figure who was released in 2015 after more than 21 years in prison, has died aged 65. Tashkent-based independent journalist Abdurahmon Tashanov told RFE/RL that Juraev died on December 4 after a long illness. According to Tashanov ...
Two gay men have been arrested in Uzbekistan and face charges of engaging in illegal sexual relations. The incident is a rare example of enforcement of the law ... Consensual sex between men is punishable in Uzbekistan by up to three years in prison. Potential prosecution is only the least of what gay ...
So far, checking into a standard Uzbek hotel has gotten you a bed, bathroom, and TV set, at a minimum. But Uzbek authorities say there will soon be a few new additions to many hotel rooms, with copies of the Koran, the Bible, and "the books of other official religions" on hand for guests. Officials have also ...
He had been Uzbekistan's prime minister since 2003, but when Islam Karimov -- Uzbekistan's first and only president since it gained independence in 1991 -- was pronounced ... There were also the deaths of rights lawyer Polina Braunerg in May and former political prisoner Murad Juraev in December.
The court in Silivri outside Istanbul ruled that 44 suspects -- including the self-confessed attacker Uzbek citizen Abdulkadir Masharipov -- must stay in jail. Istanbul — A Turkish court on Saturday ordered the release of seven suspects in the trial over the deadly New Year attack on an Istanbul nightclub ...
The agreement between Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan on exchange of persons sentenced to imprisonment will come into force on January 12, 2018. Previously, Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Galymzhan Koishibayev met with Azerbaijani Ambassador to Kazakhstan Rashad Mammadov to discuss the ...


 

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