Uzbekistan: Clampdown on dissent
Since mid-1992 there has been a clampdown against government opponents in Uzbekistan. This report focuses on the following cases: prisoners of conscience - Babur Shakirov, Khazratkul Khudayberdy, Otanazar Aripov, Olim Karimov and others (the Milli Mejlis case); Abdumannob Pulatov and Vasilya Inayatova, prosecuted for slandering the president; the use of administrative arrest and short-term police custody; possible prisoners of conscience - Pulat Akhunov and Inamzhan Tursunov; the "disappearance" of Abdullo Utayev; assault of Birlik chairman, Abdurakhim Pulatov, co-chairman Shukhrat Ismatullayev, and activist Miralim Odilov; attacks on the homes of Mikhail Ardzinov, deputy chairman of the Human Rights Society, and Anvar Usmanov, a journalist and Birlik activist.
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