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Uzbekistan

LGBTI Rights in Uzbekistan


ADDED ON: 08/14/2021

LGBTQ activism in Uzbekistan ‘is almost impossible’

A human rights activist in Uzbekistan says LGBTQ people in their country continue to live in fear. “Members of the LGBT community continue to be intimidated,” the human rights activist told the…

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ADDED ON: 06/08/2021

Uzbekistan: Top lawmaker calls for deporting the LGBT community en masse

The head of one of Uzbekistan’s leading political parties has suggested depriving gays, lesbians and transgender people of citizenship and deporting them as a way of ending the national conversation on LGBT…

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ADDED ON: 05/06/2021

Uzbek Blogger Bazarov Under House Arrest Facing Libel Charges

A month after suffering a brutal beating for championing LGBT rights, Uzbek blogger Miraziz Bazarov was released from the hospital on April 29. He was, according to his lawyer, immediately taken by…

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ADDED ON: 04/11/2021

Majlis Podcast: Uzbekistan In The Spotlight For The Wrong Reasons

Since 2016, when Uzbekistan's first president, Islam Karimov, died, the authorities have been working to change the image the country inherited from Karimov as a chronic rights abuser. There have been some…

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ADDED ON: 04/10/2021

Attack on Blogger Drives Uzbek Gay Community Underground

Members of Uzbekistan's LGBT community say they have been driven underground in fear of a violent backlash after a blogger and some of his supporters were attacked last month following social media…

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ADDED ON: 04/07/2021

Uzbek Interior Ministry statement threatens journalist Agnieszka Pikulicka with prosecution over LGBTQ reporting

On March 28, Pikulicka, a freelance correspondent for Al-Jazeera and The Guardian based in Tashkent, the capital, visited LGBTQ activist Miraziz Bazarov, who was hospitalized after being beaten earlier that day, the…

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ADDED ON: 04/03/2021

Anti-LGBTQ laws in Uzbekistan fuel hostility and violence

Uzbekistan’s LGBTQ+ community says it is facing increasing threats and repression after anti-LGBTQ+ protests turned violent and new laws were passed this week banning the publication of content deemed to show disrespect…

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ADDED ON: 03/30/2021

Uzbekistan police blame victim in violent attack on pro-LGBT activist

Police in Uzbekistan say they are investigating the savage beating of an activist who has been advocating for the decriminalization of same-sex relationships. It is not likely they will try very hard,…

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ADDED ON: 03/24/2021

Uzbekistan: Gay Men Face Abuse, Prison

(Berlin) – Men in Uzbekistan who engage in consensual same-sex sexual conduct face arbitrary detention, prosecution, and imprisonment as well as homophobia, threats, and extortion, Human Rights Watch said today. Uzbekistan should…

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ADDED ON: 03/20/2021

Uzbekistan’s law reforms still criminalize homosexuality

On March 14, Rasul Kusherbayev — a young member of Uzbekistan’s parliament who considers himself an advocate for “positive change in the country” — posted on Telegram that the day same-sex relations…

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ADDED ON: 03/10/2021

Uzbekistan: Draft Criminal Code Offers Little Meaningful Reform

Uzbekistan should ensure that its new Criminal Code does not just tinker with some problematic provisions, but reflects meaningful reform, Human Rights Watch said today. The new Criminal Code should seek in…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2020

Uzbekistan: LGBT Rights Neglected

LGBTI activists in Uzbekistan say that, despite high hopes for reform ever since Shavkat Mirziyoyev assumed the presidency in 2016, they continue to face routine violence and discrimination. The previous head of…

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