Thursday, April 26, 2007

Gulbahor Turaeva sentenced to a six year prison term

UZBEK RIGHTS ACTIVIST REPORTEDLY SENTENCED TO SIX-YEAR PRISON TERM. A court in Uzbekistan's Andijon Province has sentenced rights activist Gulbahor Turaeva to a six-year prison term for undermining Uzbekistan's constitutional government and threatening public order, reported on April 24. Turaeva was arrested on January 14 on the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border with books from the banned opposition party Erk. Her detention drew protests from the international community, including an appeal from intellectuals for her release (see "RFE/RL Newsline," February 28, 2007), as well as the release of jailed activists Umida Niyazova (see "RFE/RL Newsline," January 30 and 31, 2007) and Mutabar Tojiboeva (see "RFE/RL Newsline," March 8, 2006). 

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