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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U.S. Embassy Statement

The Embassy of the United States of America expresses its deepest condolences over the passing of Vasila Inoyatova.  Ms. Inoyatova was a trailblazing advocate of human rights in Uzbekistan.  She overcame numerous obstacles to register her non-governmental organization, Ezgulik, as the only officially recognized independent association dedicated to the protection of human rights in Uzbekistan. ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Release of Bobomurad Abdullaev

The United States welcomes the release on May 7 of journalist Bobomurad Abdullaev, ending a seven-month legal fight.  We applaud court officials for a trial that was substantially open and transparent and complied with Uzbekistan’s judicial procedures.  The court’s decision also noted “numerous procedural violations” on the part of case investigators.  The United States urges ...
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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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Remarks on the Release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Remarks John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Press Briefing Room Washington, DC April 20, 2018 MS NAUERT: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for coming, especially on a Friday. Today the State Department released the  2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices . Promoting freedom – promoting and defending human rights and fundamental freedoms are central to who ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Release of Gaybullo Jalilov

The United States welcomes the release of civil society activist Gaybullo Jalilov. Jalilov, who was sentenced in 2009 on security related charges and for membership in an unregistered religious organization, always maintained his innocence. In 2013, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Arrest and Detention called for Jalilov’s release. The United States is encouraged ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Release of Dilmurod Saidov

The United States welcomes the release of journalist and activist Dilmurod Saidov, who was sentenced in 2009 for 12 years for bribery and other criminal charges.  He always insisted on his innocence.  We congratulate President Mirziyoyev for releasing dozens of prisoners of conscience since assuming the presidency in September 2016.  He also has taken important ...
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USAID’s Reintegration for Trafficking Survivors Project Successfully Closes Out with a Conference on Human Trafficking in Tashkent

December 19, 2017 – U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Pamela Spratlen, provided opening remarks today at a conference to mark the successful conclusion of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Reintegration for Trafficking Survivors Project, implemented by the non-governmental organization Istiqbolli Avlod. The two-day conference on “Combating Human Trafficking – Best Practices on Reintegration” brings ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on International Human Rights Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC December 10, 2017 Sixty-nine years ago today, in the aftermath of World War II, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to recognize and elevate the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all individuals, and that these rights are the foundation ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Release of Ganikhon Mamatkhanov

October 16, 2017 The United States applauds the release of Ganikhon Mamatkhanov.  This latest release follows the recent releases of several other prisoners of conscience, and is an additional positive step that demonstrates the Government of Uzbekistan’s commitment to upholding international human rights standards.  Incarcerated since 2006,  Mamatkhanov worked to defend the rights of farmers ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Release of Agzam Turgunov

October 7, 2017 The United States welcomes the ongoing releases of long-held prisoners of conscience.  Today, we note the release of civil society leader Agzam Turgunov, who has been in prison since 2008.  This represents the third release in less than a week, an important concrete step that again puts into action President Mirziyoyev’s intentions ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Release of Salijon Abdurakhmanov

October 4, 2017 The United States applauds the release of journalist Salijon Abdurakhmanov. This is the second release of a long-held prisoner of conscience in Uzbekistan in as many days, following the release yesterday of human rights defender Azam Farmonov. Mr. Abdurakhmanov has been imprisoned since 2008. The United States and international human rights groups ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Release of Azam Farmonov

October 3, 2017 The United States welcomes the release of human rights defender Azam Farmonov.  The news follows the release of Muhammad Bekjanov, Murod Juraev, Erkin Musaev, Jamshid Karimov, and other long-held prisoners of conscience.  We applaud these positive steps and hope they signal future releases and a more open approach to civil society.  Multiple ...
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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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Ambassador Michael Kozak of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor On the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

Special Briefing Ambassador Michael Kozak, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Via Teleconference August 15, 2017   MS NAUERT: Well, welcome to our call today with Ambassador Mike Kozak of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Ambassador Kozak will talk about the 2016 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, which Secretary Tillerson released about ...
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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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Partnering with Media Against Human Trafficking

Tashkent, July 28-29, 2017 – USAID organized a two-day seminar aimed at strengthening partnership with media to combat human trafficking. The USAID Reintegration for Trafficking Survivors Project was led by and international expert and organized by Istiqbolli Avlod.  The seminar welcomed media and NGO’s from around the country. The seminar was organized to encourage mass-media ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement

May 12, 2017 The U.S. Embassy takes note of the first-ever visit of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights May 10-11 and the successful visit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly President May 7-10. These visits come at an important time and afford the government the opportunity to ...
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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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U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States embassy welcomes the release last week of journalist Jamshid Karimov.  The news followed the release of Muhammad Bekjanov and other long-held prisoners.  These positive steps seem to foreshadow future releases and a more tolerant approach to civil society in general.  So, we were disappointed to learn of setbacks with other activists, such ...
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U.S. Ambassador Spratlen and DAS Dan Rosenblum presented counter trafficking manuals, literature, and equipment

U.S. Ambassador Spratlen and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia Dan Rosenblum presented counter trafficking manuals, literature, and equipment to the National Human Rights Centre of the Republic of Uzbekistan at a ceremony in Tashkent On February 24, U.S. Ambassador Pamela Spratlen, along with Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia Dan Rosenblum, presented manuals on ...
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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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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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U.S. Embassy Statement on the 11th anniversary of Andijan Events

Today, the United States remembers the events that took place in Andijon eleven years ago and renews its expressions of heartfelt sympathy to all who suffered during and as a result of that tragedy.  The United States consistently encourages reconciliation, accountability and respect for the rights of all citizens as the best means to ensure ...
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