In Uzbekistan, religious freedoms ‘not recognised in law and practice’ – UN Special Rapporteur

By World Watch Monitor

Law changes and a strong political will are needed if Uzbeks are to freely practise their faith, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom or Religion or Belief.

Ahmed Shaheed presented his findings on 2 March to the Human Rights Council as it meets for its 37th session in Geneva, Switzerland, 23 February to 26 March.

His report follows an official visit to Uzbekistan in October 2017, after which he said the country should invest more time protecting religious freedoms in its ongoing reforms, rather than seeing religion as a threat.