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ICC Note: Amnesty International, a human rights watchdog, is visiting Uzbekistan for the first time since 2004. Uzbekistan has made a few steps in promoting human rights but is still a relatively closed and restrictive country. Hopefully, such a visit will continue to pressure Uzbek authorities to promote human rights, especially religious freedom.

05/23/2018 Uzbekistan (Radio Free Europe) – An Amnesty International delegation will be in Uzbekistan this week in what the human rights watchdog describes as the first such visit to the country in 14 years.

A May 22 statement said that Marie Struthers, director of Amnesty’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia regional office, and her deputy Denis Krivosheyev are traveling to Uzbekistan at short notice on May 22-25.

The two are scheduled to meet with government officials and civil society representatives, the statement said.

Struthers said the watchdog had prepared a list of recommendations for officials in Tashkent. The list includes establishing “mechanisms for the rehabilitation of all those prosecuted on politically motivated charges” and “impartial and effective investigations of previous human rights abuses.”

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