IHF PRESS RELEASE

 

IHF PRESS RELEASE


Repression of Human Rights Defenders in Uzbekistan includes death in detention, forced psychiatric hospitalisation, harassment

Vienna, 13 July 2001– The IHF today sent a letter to President Karimov of Uzbekistan, raising concern over recent attacks on local human rights defenders. The letter specifically raised concern over the following cases: – The death in detention of Mr. Shovrik Ruzimuradov, head of the Kashkadaria office of the Society for Human Rights of Uzbekistan (SHRU);

For more information: Brigitte Dufour, IHF Deputy Executive Director and Legal Counsel, tel. +43-676-690 2457

OPEN LETTER HE the President of Uzbekistan Mr. Islam Abduganievich Karimov Tashkent, Uzbekistan via facsimile 00998-71-39 5315 (3 pages) Vienna, 13 July 2001 Re: Attacks on human rights defenders Your Excellency, dear President Karimov,

I am writing on behalf of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF), a human rights organization based in Austria, to express our dismay at the death in detention of a well-known human rights figure in Uzbekistan, Shovrik Ruzimuradov; to raise our concerns about the continuous harassment of other Uzbek human rights activists; and to ask for your urgent intervention in these specific cases.

 

 

Thank you for your attention to these cases. Sincerely, Aaron Rhodes Executive Director Cc. OSCE Delegations National Helsinki Committees
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