UN Human Rights Council must ensure resolution on human rights violations and monitoring mechanism for Uzbekistan
NHC and 9 other human rights organisations send an open letter to the Permanent Representatives of member and observer states of the UN Human Rights Council, urging them to address the human rights situation in Uzbekistan 10 years after the Andijan massacre.
13 May 2015 will mark the tenth anniversary of the massacre at Andijan, during which state security forces shot and killed hundreds of mostly unarmed protesters. In teh decade since, the Uzbek government has steadfastly refused to allow an independent investigation into the killings. It has lso relentlessly persecuted those it suspects of having witnessed or participated in the events.
The government of Uzbekistan claims to the UN that the case is closed. Authoritarian regimes decide much, but not this. The cased is not closed until the victims' families say it is.
Uzbekistan has failed to respond to no less than 13 requests for country visits submitted by Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council since 2002. In the letter, NHC and the other signatories remind the Council of their mandate to "address situations of violations of human rights, including gross and systematic violations and make recommendations thereon". It should no longer remain silent in the face of Uzbek government repression and defiance of its international obligations.
Read the full letter here.