Uzbekistan: Otanazar Aripov, Maksud Bekzhan, Salavat Umurzakov
AI is concerned that Otanazar Aripov, Maksud Bekzhan and Salavat Umurzakov, who are associated with the outlawed Erk opposition party, are being held in police custody in Uzbekistan. It is not clear what charges have been brought but AI is concerned about reports that they were arrested for possession of banned Erk newspapers and books. Otanazar Aripov is a professor of physics and a member of the Erk leadersip. Maksud Bekzhan is a poet and the brother of Erk leader Muhammad Salih. Salavat Umurzakov is a journalist and member of Erk.