Uzbekistan

In Uzbekistan Prison Doors Are Revolving For Government Critics

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On March 2, Uzbek and international media reported that Uzbekistan freed yet another journalist from prison – Yusuf Ruzimuradov – who spent 19 years in jail, longer than any other reporter in the world, after being imprisoned on fabricated anti-state charges. The news of the release, however, are overshadowed by the imprisonment last fall of two other journalists, Bobomurod Abdullayev and Hayot Nasriddinov, and their upcoming trial slated to start on March 7.

Human Rights Defender Dilmurod Saiid Freed After Nine Years in Uzbek Prison

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On 3 February 2018, prison authorities in Uzbekistan’s southern Qarshi region released human rights defender and journalist Dilmurod Saiid. He has served almost nine years in prison on fabricated charges of forgery and extortion. Civil Rights Defenders welcomes his release, and urges Uzbek authorities to build upon the achieved progress and ensure the immediate release of all other imprisoned journalists and human rights defenders.

Newspaper Editor Freed After Being Held for 18 Years

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On February 22, Uzbek journalist Muhammad Bekjanov was released after 18 years in prison. The onetime editor, of what was Uzbekistan’s leading opposition newspaper, Muhammad Bekjanov was one of the world’s longest imprisoned journalists. He was repeatedly tortured following his arrest in 1999 and his sentence was extended just before he was due to be released in 2012. According to initial information, he will not be allowed to leave the country for one year.