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NGO oral statement on UPR intervention for Uzbekistan

ILGA read the following statement following the adoption of the UPR report from Uzbekistan on 19 September 2013 at the 24th Session of the Human Rights Council.

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13th November 2013 11:15

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

The President
24th Session of the Human Rights Council
Item 6, UPR Report Canada
19 September 2013

Declaration from ILGA, International Lesbian and Gay Association.

Thank you Chair,

Uzbekistan is one of the few countries of the former Soviet Union which continues to criminalize consensual sexual relations between men. In accordance with article 26 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, decriminalization is an international obligation under the Covenant. The Human Rights Committee stressed in its 2010 concluding observations on review of Uzbekistan.

We urge the government of Uzbekistan to accept recommendations 50, 51 and 52 and drop the criminal code article 120 which criminalizes consensual same-sex relations between men. This article creates a hostile environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who are constantly detained, blackmailed, extorted and experience physical, sexual and psychological violence.

We urge the government of Uzbekistan to take measures to address discrimination against LGBT people. We call upon the government of Uzbekistan to release men who are imprisoned under article 120 and repeal the article itself. Law enforcement agencies are responsible for many of the human rights violations, including physical and sexual violence, that LGBT people experience.

We urge the government of Uzbekistan to take measures to investigate violence against LGBT people, punish those responsible for it and prevent further violence by publicly condemning it.

Thank you