John Dalhuisen: 'Russia must put an end to these abductions and deportations which violate its human rights obligations, and ensure that no one at risk of torture is returned to Uzbekistan'

posted 25 Apr 2016, 10:06 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 25 Apr 2016, 10:09 ]
“The Russian authorities are not simply turning a blind eye to torture and injustice in Uzbekistan, they are lending a helping hand. Russia must put an end to these abductions and deportations which violate its human rights obligations, and ensure that no one at risk of torture is returned to Uzbekistan. Every pressure must be put on Uzbekistan to stop the use of torture and other ill-treatment and ensure that all trials are conducted fairly and fully meet international standards. The Uzbekistani authorities will go to any length to ensure the return of their nationals to face 'justice' and the Russian authorities have been only too willing to oblige them. Both the Uzbek and Russian authorities must put an immediate stop to torture and abductions and bring all perpetrators to justice for these abhorrent human rights violations.”

- John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Director for Europe and Central Asia.

Background information from Amnesty International
In April 2015, Amnesty International launched the report Secrets and Lies: Forced Confessions Under Torture in Uzbekistan as part of its Stop Torture campaign. The report revealed how pervasive torture and other ill-treatment played a central role in the country’s justice system and the government’s clampdown on any group perceived as a threat to national security.

Source:
'Uzbekistan: Russian authorities complicit in forcibly returning hundreds of asylum-seekers and migrants to face torture,' Amnesty International, 21 April 2016
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