Uzbekistan Reports Death of Imprisoned Critic
In response to the government of Uzbekistan revealing that religious figure Akram Yuldashev died in prison in 2010, Freedom House issued the following statement:
"The government of Uzbekistan acted shamefully by not confirming Yuldashev’s death for six years, even as his family, human rights organizations, and Western governments sought information about him,” said Robert Herman, vice-president for international programs. “The United States should demand a full accounting from Uzbekistan at the Annual Bilateral Consultations between the governments taking place today."
Akram Yuldashev led a religious revival movement in Uzbekistan's Ferghana Valley in the 1990s. Imprisoned in 1999 on trumped-up terrorism charges, the government nonetheless blamed him for the violence in Andijon, Uzbekistan in May 2005, in which government forces killed hundreds of civilians gathered in a public square.
Uzbekistan is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2015, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2015, Not Free in Freedom on the Net 2015, and receives a and receives a democracy score of 6.93 on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 as the worst possible score, in Nations in Transit 2015.
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