Two Uzbek civil society organizations in exile, the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia and the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights, have written an open letter to the organizers and participants of the 2017 Global Forum for Assets Recovery to express their support to the “Civil Society Statement for Global Forum on Asset Recovery” and call attention to the situation surrounding the return of the proceeds of corruption to Uzbekistan, a country that continues to be run by a repressive, kleptocratic regime after the transfer of power following the death of long-time autocrat Islam Karimov.

In the letter, the two organizations find that a return of the proceeds generated by corruption to the same government, without safeguards to prevent their theft once again, would be against the word and spirit of the UN Convention against Corruption and against the interests of people of Uzbekistan – the true victims of the corruption committed by country’s ruling elite.

>>> Read the full letter here.