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Uzbek Authorities Construct New Prison

(RFE/RL) August 18, 2006 -- Uzbek authorities have confirmed reports that they are building a new prison in an area that already hosts an infamous prison colony for political and religious dissidents.

Officials say the new facility will house inmates sentenced to lengthy jail terms -- including life imprisonment.

The pro-government website quotes an Interior Ministry spokesperson as saying that construction began in July.

The prison is due to be inaugurated by the end of next year, coinciding with what the ministry says are President Islam Karimov's plans to abolish the death penalty.

The facility -- designed for 750 inmates -- is being built in Jasliq, a remote village of the northwestern autonomous republic of Qaraqapalghistan.

Independent Uzbek media are questioning official claims that the new prison will meet international human rights standards.

The dissident website this week quoted rights campaigners as saying that the climate in northwestern Uzbekistan -- particularly to the south of the Aral Sea -- is so harsh as to be life-threatening.

Western diplomats and international organizations have accused Uzbek authorities of regularly using torture against detainees.

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