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 and fight child labor in the Fergana Valley. The United States looks forward to further steps supporting President Mirziyoyev’s commitment to political, economic, social, and human rights reforms.