Central Asia: UN Leader, on Visit, Should Press Rights Issues

Rainbow Flag BANNERJune 9, 2015 – Reported by Human Rights Watch – (New York) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Central Asia trip is a key opportunity to mark UN concern at the highest level about the alarming state of human rights throughout the region and press for concrete improvements, Human Rights Watch said today.

In a briefing memorandum submitted to Ban ahead of his trip, which begins on June 9, 2015, Human Rights Watch highlighted key areas of concern to raise with government officials in each country. Politically-motivated prosecutions and imprisonment of human rights and civic activists, restrictions on the operation of nongovernmental groups and the media, and impunity for torture top the list of concerns.

“With so much suffering from government repression in Central Asia, human rights deserve a prominent place in the secretary-general’s agenda,” said Veronika Szente Goldston, Europe and Central Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. “Ban should press for concrete steps to end abuses, such as releasing people wrongfully behind bars, allowing rights groups and journalists to do their work, and ending impunity for torture.”…story continues below…

via Central Asia: UN Leader, on Visit, Should Press Rights Issues | Human Rights Watch.

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