Uzbekistan: HRW Speaks of Hope for Human Rights
A delegation with New York-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch has, during its first visit to Uzbekistan since the organization was banned there in 2010, called on the government to embark on an overhaul of its human rights agenda.
The trip to Uzbekistan by a HRW delegation marks another sign of the changing political climate since President Shavkat Mirziyoyev came to power last year. This represents a unique opportunity, HRW Central Asia researcher Steve Swerdlow said in a statement.
“The key is for the Uzbek government to transform the modest steps it has taken thus far into institutional change and sustainable improvements,” Swerdlow said.
HRW said it wants to see Uzbek authorities release all its political prisoners, cease the maltreatment of all those in detention and put an end to forced labor in the country’s cotton fields.
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