Uzbekistan amnesties prominent religious figure, HRW says

February 18, 2015 11:37 AM

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Uzbekistan amnesties prominent religious figure, HRW says

ALMATY (Reuters) - Uzbekistan, ruled by authoritarian president Islam Karimov, has released a prominent journalist and preacher from prison a year early, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday.

The U.S.-based monitoring group says thousands of people including human rights and opposition activists, journalists, religious believers and even artists have been imprisoned under Karimov on politically motivated charges.

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