Posted by: becketfund | November 22, 2007

Uzbekistan: Two More Deaths Linked to Torture in Prisons

The Associated Press reports that two men have died after being tortured in an Uzbek prison, where both were serving time for their alleged membership in Hizb-ut-Tahrir , classified as an extremist Islamic sect by the Uzbek government. Human rights activists in the country have noted that as the country prepares for the next presidential election (December 23), there has been an increase in the incidence of torture and in the targeting of devout Muslims, allegedly due to the government’s fear of a “growing threat of Islamic fundamentalism” in the country. At least six prisoners are reported to have been tortured to death in Uzbekistan’s prisons this year.

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