The UN Committee Against Torture is meeting in Geneva to examine measures adopted by Uzbekistan to prevent and punish acts of torture.
In a briefing submitted to the committee ahead of the October 29 gathering, Amnesty International highlighted concerns about torture and other ill-treatment during detention; the ill-treatment of individuals returned to Uzbekistan from other countries; allegations of abductions and renditions; and failure to thoroughly investigate torture allegations.
In 2007, the Committee Against Torture concluded that torture and ill-treatment remain "widespread" in Uzbekistan.
New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) also concluded that torture is "endemic" in Uzbekistan's criminal justice system.
As a states party to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Uzbekistan is required to take effective legislative, administrative, and judicial measures to prevent acts of torture.