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Human Rights Watch: 35 people imprisoned on politically motivated charges have been released in Uzbekistan

In accordance with the report of the Human Rights Watch made public on November 17, the government of Uzbekistan has released more than 35 people imprisoned on politically motivated charges, including journalists, human rights defenders, and other activists since President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took office in September 2016.

The organization says that further steps should be taken to ensure that those released have access to remedies and get adequate medical care.

“The release of dozens of journalists, rights activists, opposition and religious figures over the past two years has been an important first step in the reform process,” said Steve Swerdlow, Central Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch.