The United Nations and the US has ordered for an investigation into the protests that have started in Uzbekistan last Friday. There was a report released by the Government of Uzbekistan on the causalities that happened during the protest. They stated about 18 people have died during the clashes. This report was released on Monday this week and the UN and USA cumulatively has ordered for the investigation on the next day that is Tuesday.
The recent clashes in the region of Karakalpakstan region in Uzbekistan started on the Friday of last week. The clashes were started on the reason that the recent Constitutional change in the Uzbekistan Constitution will affect the territory status of the nation. Based on this the people have raised their concerns over these changes. The protester is put up against the security forces of the State.
The High commissioner of the UN Human Rights Bachelet who was the former President of Chile has made some statements about the clashes. She said, putting the protesters against the security forces of Uzbekistan is gruesome and this has caused a lot of causalities, where the civilians are being killed. This has to stop and has asked the Government of Uzbekistan to stop treating the protesters as criminals who are practising their civil rights. She also asked for an immediate restraint from putting the security forces against the protesters. She has ordered the UN to start an immediate investigation transparently and independently. The investigation is for proving the criminal acts that are being done by the Uzbekistan Government against the citizens.
The United States has also asked for a peaceful resolution to the clashes. They asked for the authorities to start an immediate investigation into the clashes and violence. The protests have also reached Moscow and there was a telephonic conversation between the presidents of both Russia and Uzbekistan. The President of Russia Putin has also asked to stabilise the situation and has expressed his support to the Government for their efforts to maintain the leadership in Uzbekistan. The protest at this size is unusually huge for central Asia. This made the Uzbekistan government decide for imposing a month-long emergency in the western region of the country, and more than 500 people got arrested and a person already got 20 years jail sentence as punishment for participating in the protests.
The High commissioner of Human rights made the statement again after the imposing of an emergency. She said, people cannot be criminalised for exercising their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, Right to participate in public affairs. She was constantly trying to urge the government not to violate the human rights given to the people. She also asked the government to provide the right to have access to a lawyer. The UN has asked for the Judiciary of Uzbekistan to have fair trials and uphold the principles of Natural justice. Bachelet also asked the government not to violate the rights to freedom of expression and access to information as the government has made the internet shutdown in the clashes-affected areas.