Human Rights Watch published this cry for help recently. Take a look at this excerpt:
An outspoken blogger from Uzbekistan faces up to 10 years in prison in a dubious extortion case brought by local authorities in the country’s southeast region, Human Rights Watch said today.
Plainclothes officers detained the blogger, Otabek Sattoriy, on January 30, 2021. On February 1, a court authorized his pretrial detention on suspicion of extorting a new mobile phone from the head of a local bazaar.
“Otabek Sattoriy’s blogging on sensitive issues such as alleged corruption and farmers’ rights has put him in local authorities’ crosshairs,” said Mihra Rittmann, senior Central Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Uzbek authorities should release Sattoriy, drop the charges for lack of evidence, and respect and protect freedom of expression.”
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