2018 Trafficking in Persons Report: Uzbekistan

OFFICE TO MONITOR AND COMBAT TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report Tier 2 Watch List UZBEKISTAN: Tier 2 Watch List The Government of Uzbekistan does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. The government made key achievements during the reporting period; therefore Uzbekistan was upgraded …

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2017 Report on International Religious Freedom

BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND LABOR Uzbekistan Report May 29, 2018 Executive Summary The constitution provides for freedom of religion or belief and separation of government and religion. Constitutional rights may not encroach on lawful interests, rights, and freedoms of other citizens, the state, or society. The law allows for restricting religious activities when necessary …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo

LGBTI Pride Month Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 1, 2018 The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. In many parts of the world, LGBTI …

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2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Uzbekistan

BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND LABOR 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices   Report April 20, 2018   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Uzbekistan is a constitutional republic with a political system dominated by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and his supporters. On December 4, 2016, former prime minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev won the presidential elections with 88 percent of the vote. The Organization for Security …

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2016 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor: Uzbekistan

Bureau Of International Labor Affairs Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports Uzbekistan No Advancement – Efforts Made But Complicit in Forced Child Labor In 2016, Uzbekistan made efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor, but was also complicit in the use of forced child labor. The Government expanded the monitoring activities of both the ILO-led Third Party Monitoring …

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International Religious Freedom Report for 2016

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Uzbekistan Executive Summary The constitution provides for separation of religion and state. It guarantees freedom of conscience and states everyone has the right to profess or not to profess any religion. The law provides for freedom of worship and freedom from religious persecution, but provides for restricting religious activities …

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U.S. Embassy Tashkent to Screen “Hidden Figures”

On June 23, the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section will screen “Hidden Figures”, a 2016 drama film that was nominated for numerous awards, including three Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress) and two Golden Globes. The film grossed $229 million worldwide. “Hidden Figures” tells the story of a team of …

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2016 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Uzbekistan

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 Uzbekistan EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Uzbekistan is an authoritarian state with a constitution that provides for a presidential system with separation of powers among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The executive branch under former President Islam Karimov dominated political life and exercised …

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Ambassador Spratlen’s Interview with “Jahon” Information Agency

Dear respected Madam Ambassador, as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of U.S.-Uzbek diplomatic relations and 15th anniversary of the Strategic Partnership Declaration we would like to know your opinion on the achievements and results of our bilateral efforts during 25 years, specifically the implementation of the Declaration provisions. The United States and Uzbekistan have taken …

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Department of State Actions in Response to Russian Harassment

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC December 29, 2016 The State Department today declared persona non grata 35 Russian officials operating in the United States who were acting in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic or consular status. The Department also informed the Russian Government that it would deny Russian personnel access to …

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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Remarks on UN Human Rights Day

Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen UN Human Rights Day Remarks (As Delivered) December 9, 2016 Residence of EU Ambassador Eduards Stiprais (Latvia) (Begin transcript)Ассалом aлейкум, добрый вечер, and good evening to everyone! I would like to begin by, of course, welcoming the Ombudsman to this event – it is a pleasure to see you; and I …

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Europe Travel Alert

This message is being sent to inform U.S. citizens about a new Europe Travel Alert issued by the Department of State on November 21 2016. The full text can be found at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/Europe.html . We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Uzbekistan enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) …

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Open Doors Report Shows Trends in Student Mobility between Uzbekistan and the United States

International student enrollment in the U.S. tops one million for the first time Students from Uzbekistan increased by 7.9% to 530 November 14, 2016 – An increasing number of students are crossing the globe to gain practical, international experience that they can apply in their careers and life in a global society. The 2016 Open …

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Handover of Educational Materials

On November 7, U.S. Ambassador Pamela Spratlen participated in a handover ceremony at the Uzbekistan State University of World Languages, marking the transfer of educational materials to the university.  Rector Rakhimov Ganisher participated on behalf of the university. The materials are intended for use by the Republican Scientific-Practical Center of Developing the Innovational Methods for Teaching Foreign …

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Under Secretary Shannon Travels to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 20, 2016 U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon will visit Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan, October 24–29. This will be Under Secretary Shannon’s first visit to Central Asia. Under Secretary Shannon will commemorate each state’s 25 year anniversary of independence and highlight the strong and …

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43rd OIC Council of Foreign Ministers

Remarks Arsalan Suleman Acting U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation  Tashkent, Uzbekistan October 19, 2016 (As Prepared) Your Excellency Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, Your Excellency OIC Secretary General Iyad Amin Madani, Honorable Ministers and Heads of Delegation, Ladies and Gentlemen, Assalamualaikum. The United States expresses its sincere condolences to the people of Uzbekistan on the …

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Joint Statement From Secretary John Kerry and U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Lancaster House London, United Kingdom October 16, 2016 FOREIGN SECRETARY JOHNSON: Good afternoon, everybody. Thank you very much for coming. As everybody knows, the situation in Aleppo is getting worse and worse. There’s continuing bombardment of innocent civilians, 100,000 kids now under a terrible, medieval siege. Casualties continue to mount. …

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Acting Special Envoy Arsalan Suleman Travels to Uzbekistan

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 14, 2016 Acting Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Arsalan Suleman will travel to Uzbekistan from October 17-22. During his trip, he will attend the 43rd session of the Council of OIC Foreign Ministers in Tashkent. While in Uzbekistan, Acting Special Envoy Suleman will also …

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Remarks at the Global Counterterrorism Forum Ministerial

Remarks Antony J. Blinken Deputy Secretary of State Roosevelt Hotel New York City September 21, 2016   Thank you, Minister, for your and Morocco’s leadership in this fight. Thank you, Foreign Minister Koenders very much as well for hosting us today at this unique and very valuable Forum. Mister Minister, you may not know, but five …

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October Voting Message

Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots 6 October 2016 Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, …

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SMS Notification System Revival

Dear U.S. Citizens, The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent plans to relaunch its short text messaging (SMS) notification system. This system will allow the Consular Section to send emergency notifications straight to subscribers’ mobile phones as an SMS message. The SMS notification system will become an additional means of communication with the …

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Worldwide Caution

This message is being sent to inform U.S. citizens about an updated Worldwide Caution issued by the Department of State on September 9, 2016. The full text can be found at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/worldwide-caution.html . We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Uzbekistan enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at …

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Absentee Voting Week is September 26 – October 3

Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2016 elections is October 10.  For some voters this might mean their paper voter registration and absentee ballot request must reach their local …

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2015 International Religious Freedom Report

Executive Summary March 19 began as an ordinary day for 27-year old Farkhunda Malikzada. Farkhunda lived in Kabul, Afghanistan, a city that had already endured decades of warfare and still existed under the constant threat of terrorist attacks by the Taliban. Despite this, Farkhunda lived a happy and optimistic life, according to her family. She worked as …

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Traffic and travel limitations in Tashkent city due to upcoming SCO summit

U.S. Embassy Tashkent would like to inform U.S. citizens in Uzbekistan and those who plan to arrive between June 16 and June 24 that media reports indicate there may be travel restrictions and traffic disruptions during this period due to the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Tashkent. Based on these reports, travel …

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Worldwide Caution

This message is being sent to inform U.S. citizens about an updated Worldwide Caution issued by the Department of State on March 3, 2016. The full text can be found at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/worldwide-caution.html . We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Uzbekistan enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at …

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