Release of civil society activists should be continued

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Bahtiyor Hamraev: “My son Ihtiyor has been released, I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who supported our family during these hard times

On February 2nd, 2008, activist Ihtiyor Hamroev, the son of chairman of the Djizak regional office of the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan Bahtiyor Hamraev, was released on amnesty.  It is necessary for international organizations, the European Union and the United States to use their influence in the release of people imprisoned for political activity or expression of their political and religious beliefs. The Association welcomes the release of activist Ihtiyor Hamroev and removal of conditional sentence from human rights activist Umida Niyazova, accused in 2007 for "distribution of the materials containing threat to public safety and order", in which report of Human Rights Watch on Andijan events was included and classified as relevant.

Ihtiyor HAMROEV, was born in 1985, citizen of Uzbekistan, an activist of the Djizak regional office of the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan (HRSU). From 2 August 2006, till 2 February,2008 Ihtiyor Hamroev served a sentence of three years imprisonment under article 277 part 2, paragraph "g" (hooliganism). During the years of his imprisonment there were three disciplinary punishments which, according to his attorneys, were fabricated. As a result his medical condition has substantially deteriorated. 

The temporary moratorium on sanctions of the European Union concerning Uzbekistan, adopted in reply to refusal of the Uzbek government to carry out an independent international investigation of Andijan events, which took place in May, 2005, is a way to stimulate the initiation of political and legal reforms. Implementation of the conditions listed below could be considered as rotary changes in the policy of current authority and creation of a favorable ground for development of liberal values. The government of Uzbekistan is in need of trust and support of the nation as never before. However the situation in Uzbekistan is far from being considered as a process of normalization of observance of the civil and political rights as the atmosphere of fear and uncertainty still prevails.  It is necessary:

The Association for Human Rights in Central Asia urges all parties concerned to appreciate the importance of the release of not only all activists, but also of representatives of the oppositional political organizations. In order to achieve this objective the Association calls upon the European Union and other international high level organizations to strengthen their influence and activity to bring reforms.