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  • Zafar Khan
    Uzbekistan: Rights Group Says Torture Increasing http://www.rferl.org/nca/features/2004/01/06012004154309.asp Tashkent, 6 January 2004 (RFE/RL) -- An Uzbek
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 6, 2004
      Uzbekistan: Rights Group Says Torture Increasing

      http://www.rferl.org/nca/features/2004/01/06012004154309.asp

      Tashkent, 6 January 2004 (RFE/RL) -- An Uzbek rights
      activist today said that state-sponsored torture is
      increasing in Uzbekistan.

      Talib Yakubov, who heads the Uzbek Human Rights
      Society, says that torture is widely used by police
      and in prisons. He said, "Torture is a now a part of
      the nation's political policy," and blamed Uzbek
      President Islam Karimov for what he described as
      Uzbekistan's "torture structure."

      International rights groups have consistently charged
      that torture is widely used by authorities in
      Uzbekistan.

      The United Nations' special rapporteur on torture
      issued a report in April 2002 after visiting
      Uzbekistan, charging that abuse of prisoners in the
      republic was "systematic."



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