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Uzbek Inmates Deprived Of Family Visits, Parcels

Inmates in Uzbekistan’s largest penitentiaries have reportedly been deprived of family visits and parcels.

Relatives of several inmates in various penal colonies across the country told RFE/RL on May 19 that they have been refused access to their incarcerated relatives for almost a month.

Some of the inmates' relatives say they were told that a "temporary quarantine" had been introduced due to repair works in the penitentiaries' visiting rooms.

Officials at Uzbekistan's State Directorate to Monitor Penitentiaries refused to comment on the situation.

A representative of the Tashkent-based Ezgulik (Compassion) human rights group, Abdurakhmon Tashanov, told RFE/RL that the development is a violation of both Uzbek law and Tashkent's international commitments.