Spotlight on Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan ahead of global UN human rights review

The Palace of Nations in Geneva. Photo: Lucie Tafforin

International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and partners have carried out advocacy ahead of the upcoming reviews of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in the framework of the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR). We participated in pre-sessions on Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, organised by the NGO UPR Info in Geneva on 29 August 2023 to enable civil society organisations to brief the permanent missions of UN member states about the human rights situation in the two countries. In connection with the pre-session, we also prepared and disseminated updated versions of our submissions for the UPR of the two countries, which will take place in November 2023, and held meetings with individual permanent missions.

On Turkmenistan, see:

Statement delivered by Lucie Tafforin on behalf of IPHR and Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights (TIHR) at the pre-session on Turkmenistan, highlighting concerns about Turkmenistan’s ongoing campaign against dissent both in- and outside the country, with a focus on the use of arbitrary detention, politically motivated imprisonment, and torture and ill-treatment as part of this campaign.

Updated IPHR-TIHR submission for the UPR of Turkmenistan. The submission covers state media control, internet censorship and lack of government transparency on issues of public interest; persecution of critical voices at home and abroad; the lack of space for independent civil society engagement in the country; problems of arbitrary detention, torture, disappearances and harsh prison conditions; and restrictions on the rights and role of women.

On Uzbekistan, see:

Statement delivered by Berengere Savelieff on behalf of the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia (AHRCA) and IPHR at the pre-session on Uzbekistan, highlighting concerns about access to justice and the rule of law in Uzbekistan, including impunity for violations perpetrated as part of the government’s response to the mass protests in Karakalpakstan in July 2022 and criminal prosecution of independent journalists, bloggers, activists and social media users.

Updated IPHR-AHRCA submission for the UPR of Uzbekistan. The submission covers concerns regarding the 2022 Karakalpakstan protests; freedom of expression and the media; human rights defenders, civil society, and lawyers; torture and ill-treatment; rehabilitation; domestic violence; LGBT; and forced evictions.