UN Committee Says Torture ‘Routine’ in Uzbekistan

In a highly critical assessment, the United Nations’ antitorture panel has concluded that torture and ill-treatment remain “widespread” in Uzbekistan. The UN Committee Against Torture scrutinized Uzbekistan’s torture record earlier this month, during its periodic review of that country’s compliance with the UN Convention Against Torture. In their resulting concluding observations issued on November 23, the 10 independent experts making up the panel noted a range of concerns about what the committee termed “numerous, ongoing, and consistent allegations concerning routine use of torture…committed by law enforcement and investigative personnel, or with their instigation or consent.” Full Story

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