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Human rights defender and blogger detained

AI-Index: EUR 62/1286/2019

Uzbekistani blogger and human rights defender Nafosat Olloshkurova was violently detained on 23 September while monitoring and filming police handling of a peaceful protest. She was sentenced to 10 days in administrative detention and on 26 September she was placed in psychiatric detention. There are serious concerns for her wellbeing.

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Nafosat Olloshkurova is a blogger and human rights defender who has been raising awareness of violations of women’s rights through her Facebook page, under the pen name of Shabnam Olloshkurova. She joined the peaceful march from Khorezm to Tashkent on 22 September and was detained the following day. She had been covering the march on Facebook, posting interviews with the participants, police and local government officials who tried to stop the march. Nafosat Olloshkurova is a single mother and her two young children are currently staying with her parents. Nafosat Olloshkurova’s family is gravely concerned about her physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

The Uzbekistani authorities have in the past imposed forcible confinement in a psychiatric hospital on human rights defenders and journalists. Human rights defender Elena Urlaeva has been repeatedly detained over the last two decades by forced transfer to a psychiatric hospital to prevent her from conducting her monitoring activities.

In January 2019 Nafosat Olloshkurova was detained by police while filming a peaceful protest by five women outside the Senate building in Tashkent. The women called for a meeting with President Mirziyoyev. She was charged with hooliganism and sentenced to five days’ administrative detention.

Article 29.2 of the Administrative Code of Uzbekistan stipulates that administrative arrest cannot be applied to mothers of children younger than three years old and to single mothers of children up to 14 years old. However, courts often disregard this Article.

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