Help by sharing this information May 11, 2021 Find out more October 15, 2020 Find out more to go further Organisation Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term June 27, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Detained journalist prevented from seeing his lawyer More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia February 11, 2021 Find out more Uznews correspondent Solidzhon Abdurakhmanov’s brother Bakhrom Abdurakhmanov, who is acting as his lawyer, was unable to visit him on 25 June in the detention centre in Nukus, the capital of the western autonomous region of Karakalpakstan, where he has been held on a trumped-up drugs charge for the past three weeks.An official at the prison told him: “The directors are absent, and there is no one here who can decide whether or not we can let you see him.”Bakhrom Abdurakhmanov said: “The detention centre’s authorities are guilty of a gross violation of article 53.2 of Uzbekistan’s criminal code, which says that if a suspect is detained, his lawyer has the right to talk to him in private as many times and for as long as he wants.”The Uznews correspondent for Karakalpakstan, Solidzhon Abdurakhmanov is being held on a charge of possessing and using drugs, which he denies. He has often written about the Aral Sea environmental catastrophe’s impact on the population and public health, and Uznews regards him as “Karakalpakstan’s only independent journalist.” Receive email alerts News News 11.06 – Journalist arrested on trumped-up drug charge in western regionReporters Without Borders has just learned that journalist and human rights activist Solidzhon Abdurakhmanov is being held in the western autonomous region of Karakalpakstan on a drug possession charge which fellow journalists believe was trumped up. A criminal court in the regional capital of Nukus ordered him placed in pre-trial detention today but the exact date of his arrest is not yet known. According to an unconfirmed report, he was arrested on 7 June, two days before the start of a government-run seminar in Tashkent on press freedom.“We condemn Abdurakhmanov’s arrest just as the authorities were organising a conference on media freedom in Tashkent,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is proof of the cynicism of a government that continues to jail journalists and human rights activists. As in previous cases, the drug charge seems to be just a pretext for portraying a prisoner of conscience as an ordinary detainee.”The regional director of the Committee for the Protection of Human Rights in Karakalpakstan, Abdurakhmanov is also a reporter for independent news websites. His colleagues suspect that the drug possession charge was fabricated and the real reason for his arrest was his journalistic activities. News Follow the news on Uzbekistan News RSF_en New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia
the introduction of maximum life sentences for perpetrators; the provision for civil prevention and risk orders’, which stop potential acts of trafficking or forced labour from taking place; and the introduction of a statutory defence for those forced or coerced to commit crimes like cannabis farming – which will also help safeguard victims from abuse. These measures are now beginning to have a real impact and – we are seeing a real rise in convictions for new offences prosecuted under the Modern Slavery Act and at least 56 Slavery and Trafficking Prevention and Risk Orders to restrict offender activity are in place.In addition to these new measures and tools, training remains important. Investigators and prosecutors need to be well trained so they are readily able to identify elements of Modern Slavery in their cases. They also need to be aware of the new tools they have available to tackle these crimes and prevent further offending from taking place and to identify and protect victims.As well as a criminal justice response, it is important that there other powers and regulations in place to stop the exploitation of vulnerable victims and to disrupt potential crimes before they take place.The Modern Slavery Act established an Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. Their job is to work with law enforcement agencies, local authorities and third sector organisations to encourage identification, prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of modern slavery crimes – across the UK and internationally. This role is essential in order to advise the Government on improvements to the system and to encourage joined up working across the UK.More recently the Government has used the Immigration Act 2016 to extend the remit and strengthen the powers of the Gangmasters Labour Abuse Authority. Its new mission will be to prevent, detect and investigate worker exploitation across the entire economy.The Modern Slavery Act also includes a world-leading transparency in supply chains measure requiring certain businesses to report how they are eradicating modern slavery from their organisation and their supply chains. By forcing business to report on this, it has made them much more aware of potential modern slavery crimes. Most importantly, the Modern Slavery Act has provisions to give protection to overseas domestic workers, a duty on public authorities to notify the Home Office when they come across potential victims.Crucially, we have found that where support for victims of this crime, who are typically extremely vulnerable and often reluctant, or fearful of engaging with law enforcement, is prioritised prosecution rates are higher and the chance of a successful prosecution much more likely.The National Referral Mechanism – the NRM – is the UK system for identifying and providing access to support to potential victims of modern slavery. The Modern Slavery Act ensued that this support was extended to all victims of Modern Slavery in England and Wales.The NRM should act as bridge – helping victims to be lifted out of situations of exploitation; providing specialist care and support to enable them to begin to recover and rebuild their lives; and facilitating their return to the relevant community.We recognise that the NRM does not always do this for victims, and that is why are committed to reforming it to ensure better results for victims.Having a regulatory environment which encourages collaboration between law enforcement agencies, first line responders and licensing authorities is essential in tackling such a wide ranging crime and our research reflects that this aligned approach produces better outcomes for victims. The global prevalence of Modern Slavery is significant, and whilst it is a largely hidden crime the International Labour Organisation and Walk Free Foundation in 2016 estimated that there are 40.3 million caught up in Modern Slavery globally. This is a conservative estimate and in reality there could be many more victims worldwide.No country can tackle modern slavery alone and I am proud to be part of a Government that is leading the fight against this horrendous crime internationally.To drive further progress and collaboration at the international level, the Prime Minister convened a group of world leaders at a modern slavery event during the UN General Assembly in September 2017. Leaders and senior ministers from 21 member states attended the event and 42 countries have now endorsed an ambitious Call to Action to End Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. This sets out the practical steps that countries will take to effectively respond to modern slavery and fulfil the commitments set out by the international community. At that meeting the Prime Minister also announced that the UK would double its aid budget spend on modern slavery to £150m.£33.5 million of this is set aside in a Modern Slavery Fund, managed by the Home Office, and of this £11 million has been allocated to an innovation fund to trial new approaches to tackle and reduce the prevalence of modern slavery and to identify interventions that could be scaled up.This £11 million fund is currently supporting 10 successful projects which are being taken forward by a range of organisations including NGOs, universities and multilateral organisations. These projects target issues such as tackling slavery in supply chains, supporting victims, exploring vulnerability to trafficking and exploitation and helping to share skills and expertise with overseas partners.It should not be surprising that the majority of the victims referred to us are from countries other than the UK. In the last year there has been a significant increase in referrals from Sudan and Ethiopia with the most referrals coming from Vietnam and Albania.In response, we are increasing bilateral engagement with and increasing the operational response in countries from which a high number of vulnerable people are exploited and trafficked into the UK.Building strong partnerships is the key to improving our understanding of the context that leads to vulnerable people being exploited and trafficked to the UK to better inform our approach and operational response so this can be disrupted. This conference is an excellent step in improving that collaborative approach.We are increasing law enforcement cooperation, including through establishing joint investigation teams and greater intelligence sharing, to tackle this crime and bring perpetrators to justice. Additionally we are working with international law enforcement agencies to improve the international operational response. For example, the UK has encouraged Interpol to strengthen its understanding of modern slavery and its enablers to better understand international law enforcement challenges and gaps.We all share a moral duty to end Modern Slavery, a duty that transcends party politics and country borders and which unites us in our determination to root out this dreadful crime from our society.I welcome the opportunity this summit brings to create a unified, international approach to tackling modern slavery and ensure that victims receive the support and assistance they need to begin the process of rebuilding their lives.The leadership we show at this summit is therefore important. The task of tackling modern slavery is an urgent one, so we need swiftly to put our words into practice and hold ourselves to account for the progress that can be made. Thank you very much for inviting me to speak to you this morning. Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my thanks to the CPS for organising and hosting this important summit on prosecuting Modern Slavery crimes.On behalf of the UK Government may I also pass on a very warm welcome to you all. Many of you have travelled a long way to be here, and I hope this summit will be an important step in improving international dialogue and combatting the crimes of forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking.As we are all very well aware, modern slavery exists in all our societies. It respects neither borders nor jurisdictions and its victims are subject to the most appalling mistreatment and exploitation, this brings our task at this summit into sharp focus.I know you will be looking at identifying ways to better support victims and witnesses, and establishing a strong, active international network to tackle Modern Slavery.In the last 8 years, the UK has clearly demonstrated that with the right will and mind-set it is possible to transform our approach to Modern Slavery.The then Home Secretary, and current Prime Minister, identified modern slavery as a significant problem, and since then this Government has put in place an ambitious strategy and dedicated legislation to tackle it.Prior to 2010, there was no bespoke legislation and the law enforcement response was not sufficiently coordinated or effective to deal with this type of offending.Giving law enforcement agencies the tools to tackle modern slavery is paramount in achieving successful prosecutions, and at the same time protecting victims. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 does just that. The Act not only consolidates all modern slavery legislation into one Act, assisting both the police and prosecutors but introduces other equally important measures to improve the criminal justice response. For example :
Abigail Gregg and Laura Wang, two alumnae of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, became the first USC graduates to receive J. William Fulbright-Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowships, landing them professional placements as special assistants to foreign ministries.The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship is a part of the Fulbright United States Student Program, through which scholars gain hands-on experience working in foreign countries’ private sectors while also doing academic research.“The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship is significant because it’s a rare opportunity to assist in a foreign government building skills and acquiring knowledge, but also to serve as an ambassador of the U.S.,” said Katie Calvert, associate director of Academic Honors and Fellowships at USC.Calvert said the selection of Gregg and Wang was an honor for the University as well.“Having two USC alumnae chosen for this competitive award speaks to the caliber of our students’ work and the importance of aligning U.S. policy goals with the goals of foreign countries,” she said.Both Gregg and Wang will be journeying to the Pacific to complete their assignments. Wang, who graduated from USC in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree from the Gould School of Law and a master’s degree in environmental science from Dornsife will be traveling to the Polynesian nation of Samoa for 10 months to assist the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment with climate issues.“Funding means finding a way to mobilize all these existing resources to best benefit my country of placement and that’s what I’m hoping to do over the next year,” Wang told USC News.Wang became interested in climate problems while she was a Dornsife student. She participated in a Problems without Passports program in Guam and Palau that explored marine conservation. Wang later conducted research with the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and interned for the White House Counsel on Environmental Quality.Gregg, who earned a bachelor’s degree in both anthropology and English from Dornsife in 2013, will travel to Timor-Leste, a Southeast Asian nation. She is working as a special assistant for the Ministry of Social Solidarity with a focus on natural disaster risk and preparedness. Gregg hopes to discover options for conversation and resilience initiatives.Gregg said she also looks forward to her position as a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow in Timor-Leste.“Timor-Leste is a very young country,” Gregg said. “[It has] both a government and a civil society that are passionate about realizing the country’s full potential. I’m very interested to see how the government is balancing this drive and optimism with the everyday realities of caring for its citizens.”Gregg’s experience started in South Los Angeles studying food security and environmental health and its impact on the community. She participated in a number of overseas programs while at Dornsife, including a PWP program in Cambodia and an independent study project in Brazil.Gregg is in Timor-Leste focusing on improving preparedness for natural disasters in conservation areas.“I became interested in disaster risk through my involvement in environmental management and conservation,” Gregg said. “Protecting an environment has as much to do with protecting the people in it as the flora and other fauna.”Gregg explained how USC has played a significant role in helping her accomplish her career goals.“My time at USC opened up the rest of the world to me and gave me a lot of opportunities to become involved in research both in L.A. and abroad,” Gregg said. “A number of faculty — Lanita Jacobs in Anthropology and American Studies and Ethnicity in particular — really encouraged me to get out and engage with my academic interests in the real world and made sure I had the support and knowledge I needed to do so.”Gregg also talked about her plans going forward.“Right now, my focus is entirely on my Fulbright-Clinton fellowship,” Gregg said. “I spent my summer working as a research fellow for the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity at Columbia’s Earth Institute. Post-Fulbright, I would like to continue working on the intersection of environmental management and crisis response, either in the U.S. or abroad.”
A penny for the thoughts of the Real Madrid Castilla lads on being greeted by Zinedine Zidane in the dressing room at Valdebebas for the first time on Monday, the day that marks the beginning of Zizou’s managerial career.After a year learning the ropes from Carlo Ancelotti, now the former midfielder will be top dog in the dugout for the very first time. Well, in spirit anyway, as for the time being he will officially report to Santiago Sánchez, an established member of the ‘Los Blancos’ staff who holds the coaching badges the French legend hasn’t secured yet.The group of players in Zidane’s first session may bear little comparison to the squad named for the team’s league opener. This is because ‘Los Blancos’ are still waiting for a final ruling on the clubs facing possible enforced relegation from the Liga Adelante for financial reasons, which would allow Castilla (Real Madrid B) to keep their place in the second tier. As such, the existing squad has largely been kept intact.Notwithstanding the promotion of Álvaro Medrán, Gonzalo Melero and Mariano Díaz Mejía from Real Madrid C and Fran Rodríguez, Jaime Sánchez and Marcos Llorente from the ‘Juvenil A’ set-up, the spine of the group that finished in the drop zone last season remains in place.However, as and when it is confirmed that Castilla have to play in the third division, several players are expected to ask to leave. That will be the time to talk about potential signings or other academy youngsters who could make the step up to the B-team.