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Recent articles in Uzbekistan

The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, holds a press conference after completing his review, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 12 October 2017, Bahtiyar Abdukerimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Uzbekistan: Draft Criminal Code falls short on protecting rights to free speech and association

Although the draft law contains some moderate improvements, it retains many provisions that violate the rights to freedom of speech, association, and religion. Others fall short of protections to which women, victims of torture, and LGBTQI+ people are entitled under international law.

Uzbek authorities should drop dubious case against journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev

Abdullaev faces charges of “offences against the president of the Republic of Uzbekistan” and “conspiracy to overthrow the constitutional regime,” each punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Defendants charged with terrorism sit in the supreme court of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, 20 September 2005 , STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images

Uzbekistan releases its last remaining jailed journalists: Bobomurod Abdullaev and Hayot Nasriddinov

The journalists were arrested on charges of ‘conspiracy to overthrow’ the regime; Nasriddinov was acquitted of all charges, Abdullaev was found guilty of “extremism” and given a three-year suspended sentence.