The topic of human rights protection in Central Asian countries has recently become more and more unequivocal. The leaders of the states of the region, each in its own way and each with its own categorical share, have already stated that the mentality of the Eastern peoples presupposes somewhat different democratic systems from the European ones. The same applies to human rights, to which the attitude of those in power has been formed directly from the "sovdepovskogo" principle of "first duty, and then rights." At the same time, each country has its own, so to say, “traditional” violations of citizens' rights. For example, in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, it is impossible to hold accountable for the unlawful actions of law enforcement officers, in Turkmenistan the issue of human rights violations is not worth it at all, since they are simply not there. Approximately to the Turkmen version, Uzbekistan is moving fast and steadily. So, for example, according to the head of the Society for Human Rights of Uzbekistan (HRSU) Tolib Yakubov, now a systematic “color” counter-revolution is taking place in the country. All ruthlessly destroyed. “The authorities have seriously taken on human rights defenders. At the moment (after the Andijan events) 7 members of our organization are in custody. 10 people were arrested, fortunately three were released. The pressure is mainly on our organization. In three regions - Jizzakh, Syrdarya and Kashkadarya - our human rights activists worked particularly successfully. Now these organizations are practically crushed. The chairmen of the Syrdarya and Kashkadarya regions were arrested, and Bakhtiyor Khamrayev (Jizzakh region) was brought to the investigation. While free I am attracted (as it is not clear yet) to one criminal case in Jizzakh. I heard that the agenda has already been sent to me. ” The Uzbek human rights activist further argues that pressure from the authorities is also being experienced by the human rights organization Ezgulik, several members of which are also in prison, the group of Elena Urlaeva, the Union of Human Rights Defenders of Uzbekistan. According to Yakubov, not only the activities of unregistered human rights organizations are not visible, but also those registered, such as the Independent Human Rights Organization of Uzbekistan (NOOCHU) Mikhail Ardzinov and the “Committee for the Protection of the Rights of the Individual of Uzbekistan” by Marat Zakhidov.
By the way, even the foreign origin of the human rights organization also does not give immunity from the arbitrariness of the authorities. Thus, according to the Ferghana.RU news agency, the representative office of the international human rights organization Human Rights Watch in Uzbekistan in early July received a written submission by the Ministry of Justice “on the facts of violation of the republic’s legislation”. The charges are quite standard: the use of unregistered symbols (logo "HRW") and the implementation of activities as a branch of the parent organization. True, this organization was also accused of being biased and tendentiously covering the state of affairs in the country, which falls under the recently adopted law “On Mass Media”. We will clarify that Human Rights Watch regularly publishes reports on the observance of human rights in different countries, where Uzbekistan looks very impartial. This last accusation was not brought against previously closed human rights organizations, most likely because the relevant amendments to the law had not yet been invented.
In fairness it should be noted that other countries, for example Russia, also have human rights problems, and China issues reports on human rights violations in the United States.