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Uzbekistan: civil society activists are released selectively

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Since the beginning of his term, the new President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyayev a total of four political prisoners have been released: Bobomurod Razzokov, Samandar Kokanov, Rustam Usmanov, Muhammad Bekjanov and Jamshid Karimov. However, with the exception of Jamshid Karimov, all had served their full prison terms, and, in the case of Bekjanov and Usmanov even more than one additional prison term. Their releases were not brought about by thelast amnesty of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan.