Human Rights Watch presents a new report on torture in Uzbekistan: „No One to Witness: Torture, Habeas Corpus, and Silencing Lawyers in Uzbekistan“

Tuesday, December 13th, 7pm

Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen, Haus Deutscher Stiftungen, Mauerstraße 93, 10117 – Berlin (Mitte)

Torture is an every-day reality in Uzbekistan’s prisons and police facilities. Though the government claims to be taking measures to ensure the safety of their prisoners the situation seems to have gotten worse. Germany, other EU-countries and the USA have refrained from openly criticising Uzbekistan for it’s convenient geographic proximity to Afghanistan.

The presentation of the report will be accompanied by a discussion on what the German government can do to draw attention to human rights violations in Uzbekistan.

Human Rights Watch speakers:

–        Jan Egeland, Europa-Direktor

–        Steve Swerdlow, Usbekistan-Expert

Additional guests:

–        Catherine Cosman, Senior Policy Analyst at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom

–        Umida Niyazova, Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights

Hugh Williamson, Director Europe/Central Asia, will chair the session.

Following the discussion we would like to invite you to a small reception where we can further engage and exchange ideas.

The event is a cooperation with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights e.V. (ECCHR), Berlin.

Please RSVP until December, 9th 2011 and contact Anna Salami at

We are looking forward to seeing you there!


Karin Siegmund



Karin Siegmund

Director Development & Outreach


Human Rights Watch


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