Thursday, 20, June, 2019

National

A Human Rights Watch researcher, Steve Swerdlow, was the target of an aggressive verbal attack while on a visit to Uzbekistan to investigate human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. The organization condemned the attack in Tashkent on June 13, 2019, which appears to be part of a wider smear campaign against Human Rights Watch, other human rights activists, and journalists in Uzbekistan, HRW said in a statement.

The Uzbekistan General Prosecutor’s Office has officially confirmed that it is conducting investigation against the former chairman of the State Security Service (SSS), Ihtiyor Abdullayev, the Deputy Prosecutor General Erkin Yuldashev said today at a briefing.

The draft Use of Atomic Energy For Peaceful Purposes Bill was discussed by deputies in the second reading at the meeting of the Legislative Chamber, Uzatom said.

The executive director of the Smartgov Consulting bureau, as well as a social activist Aziza Umarova, announced her desire to run for the lower house of the Uzbek parliament.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev hosted the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo on the margins of the SCO Bishkek Summit yesterday, the presidential press service said.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov upon arrival in Bishkek to attend the SCO Summit,, the presidential press service said.

A government resolution has approved Uzbekistan’s Biological Diversity Conservation Strategy for 2019-2028, the Ministry of Justice said.

The first ever Uzbek-UK olitical consultations between the foreign ministries at the level of heads of departments took place yesterday in London.

New chiefs have been appointed to five district tax authorities of Tashkent city, the Tax Committee said. In particular, Naim Kabirov became the head of the Mirzo-Ulugbek district tax authority.

Uzbek authorities should immediately release a retired Uzbek diplomat charged with treason who has been ill-treated since he was detained in December 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. The retired diplomat, Kadyr Yusupov, left the Foreign Ministry 10 years ago, and is currently in a pretrial detention facility attached to Uzbekistan’s State Security Service in Tashkent. Yusupov should be released for his trial, which is set to begin June 17. Authorities should also ensure a prompt, thorough, impartial, and transparent investigation into his ill-treatment, including torture.