NHC presents submissions to the UN Human Rights Council on Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan
– The Norwegian Helsinki Committee remains deeply concerned about the current human rights situation in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, which begs improvement on every aspect of fundamental human rights, says Secretary General of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Bjørn Engesland. Both states are counted amongst the most repressive not only in the Central Asian region, but also in the world as a whole. Torture, political use of the judiciary and repression of media and civil society is widespread.
- There is no sign that these practices will cease, despite promises to the opposite from the authoritarian states that are looking at ways to make use of increasing international interest in their natural resources and strategic location. Norway and other democratic countries must use the opportunity of the Universal Periodic Review to make the authorities follow up on their assurances, concludes Engesland. The UN Human Rights Council should not accept another four years of empty promises.
NHC warns UN Human Rights Council of empty promises in Turkmenistan’s and Uzbekistan’s Universal Periodic Review. Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan will be heard in the second round of the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review in April/May 2013. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee has today submitted alternative reports on both countries.
Read the submission on Uzbekistan here.
Read the submission on Turkmenistan here.