Uzbekistan: Another Trial of Muslim Prisoners, Another Death in Prison
Yet another trial of devout Muslims is under way in Tashkent region, involving 16 Muslims who worshipped outside strict state controls, the independent site uznews.net reports. The men are accused of "creation or leadership of, or participation in an extremist religious, separatist, fundamentalist or other banned organization" under Art. 223 of the Uzbek Criminal Code, the usual charge against such believers.
Sukrat Ikramov, leader of the Initiative Group of Independent Human Rights Activists in Uzbekistan, says the number of such cases in increasing with every year, uznews.net reported. The suspects are all tried behind closed doors.
Elena Urlaeva of the Human Rights Alliance, who is herself trying to fend off government harassment reports this week the story of Tamara Mirkarimova, the mother of Mirrafik Mirkarimov, who says that her son was beaten to death in prison. She says other prisoners are being tortured to death in the prison as well.
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