“The human rights situation remains a concern in Uzbekistan. Progress has been made since 2008 in some areas, including the abolition of the death penalty, the introduction of habeas corpus in legislation, and 2013 marked a significant improvement in child labour during the cotton harvest. In 2013, Uzbekistan committed to implement 145 of the 183 recommendations made to the country by the universal periodic review done within the framework of the Human Rights Committee in Geneva. The EU continues to voice its concerns and expectations, including the release of all human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience held in detention, the free activities of NGOs, the guarantee of freedom of expression and religion and freedom of the media. ” (excerpt from ‘France Diplomatie‘)
Facing high unemployment and a minimalist wage policy, thousands of Uzbeks seek to migrate to find a job.
A third of the victims of trafficking that we repatriate from the Persian Gulf are from Uzbekistan.
- Facilitate twice a year a mission of our partner in the Persian Gulf to accelerate the identification and assistance to the Uzbek victims who are exploited there
- Support victim follow-up service once they have returned to their country
- Legal assistance to victims who have the courage to lodge a complaint against their executioner
Local partner: Istiqbolli Avlod Association
By lack of resources only one mission in the Gulf could be carried out in January.
However, 42 Uzbek victims were repatriated during the year.
The follow-up service is provided to any victim in the Tashkent region who expresses the need.
8 victims received legal assistance before the courts to incriminate the criminals responsible for their enslavement.