Steve Swerdlow, Human Rights Watch's Uzbekistan expert, welcomed President Mirziyoyev's decision to close down Jaslyk prison, which has for decades been known as the torture colony. Below is the transcript of Swerdlow's comments to VOA.
Uzbekistan's Capital Market Development Agency Director Atabek Nazirov, during his recent visit to Washington, talked to VOA's Navbahor Imamova about how he wants to build a new space for domestic capital and investment, and how the U.S. can support his country in its unprecedented journey.
Uzbekistan's Grand Mufti Usmankhan Alimov visited the U.S. for the first time this week, holding high-level talks at the White House, Congress and the State Department. Discussions evolved around the level of religious freedom in Uzbekistan, which continues to worry the human rights community.
In an exclusive interview with VOA, Bennett Freeman of the Cotton Campaign, international coalition to end forced labor in Uzbekistan, says that there has been significant progress since 2017 but major challenges remain.
The International Labor Organization's Director-General Guy Ryder recently visited Uzbekistan. He met President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and other high level officials and discussed how the country has been reforming to end forced labor in its cotton fields. Ryder talked exclusively to VOA in Tashkent.
Europe has been engaged with Central Asia for decades but often with mixed results. Now is the European Union opening a new and more dynamic chapter in its relations with the region, and especially with a changing Uzbekistan? VOA special from Tashkent.