Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term News Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts RSF_en February 11, 2021 Find out more May 11, 2021 Find out more More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council News News UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Uzbekistan UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia News December 22, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist Ruslan Sharipov to remain jailed despite general amnesty Jailed journalist Ruslan Sharipov will not be included in a general amnesty announced by President Islam Karimov on 1 December, a prisons‚ official said on 22 December.The journalist and human rights defender has been imprisoned since 26 May 2003. The Uzbekistan authorities have demonstrated once again their total contempt for freedom of expression. Jailed journalist Ruslan Sharipov will not be included in a general amnesty announced by President Islam Karimov on 1 December because his crime is too grave, Prisons chief Mikhail Gurevich said on 22 December. The journalist, press freedom and human rights campaigner has been imprisoned since 26 May 2003. He was awarded the 2004 Golden Pen of Freedom prize by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) on 25 November for “his courageous resistance to attacks, torture and constant harassment under President Islam Karimov’s repressive regime.””Reporters Without Borders considers that the accusations against Sharipov have only one aim: to silence a dissenting voice. In refusing to amnesty him, the Uzbek authorities show yet again their total contempt for freedom of expression,” said Robert Ménard, secretary general of the international press freedom organisation. “When Sharipov sought to defend his colleagues and condemn censorship, the authorities did everything possible to gag him, they were prepared to imprison and torture him psychologically and physically. Ruslan Sharipov is the symbol of oppression that journalists in Uzbekistan are suffering today,” he added.Sharipov was condemned on appeal on 25 September to four years in jail for homosexuality (Article 120) and having sexual relations with a minor (Article 128). A former president of the Union of Journalists of Uzbekistan (UIJU) and correspondent for the Russian news agency Prima, the 25-year-old journalist was arrested on 26 May.On 8 August, he pleaded guilty under duress, asked forgiveness of President Karimov for all the articles in which he criticised the authorities and waived the defence of his lawyer. He sent a letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan on 5 September in which he explained he had been forced to plead guilty after suffering physical and psychological torture.Sharipov, who has never denied he is bisexual, says that he does not know the alleged victims. They were questioned on 26 May and kept in detention for three or four days. According to Sharipov’s defence, the young people were beaten and threatened by police to induce them to appear in court. In fact, the trial had to be adjourned several times because of their absence.For several years, Sharipov has been the target of harassment of various kinds to force him to give up his work as a human rights defender and to prevent him criticising the authorities in his articles. to go further October 15, 2020 Find out more
The Eagles of Ghana have booked a place in the finals of the 2018 Rugby Africa Bronze Cup after an empathic 57-0 win over Rwanda at the Nduom Sports Stadium. Ghana started the semi-final tie on a positive note, dominating play and forcing their smaller opponents into errors.The Eagles, who are the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, were organized in the back row, solid in the centre row and lethal in front row.In the second period, Rwanda came into the game but they could not find an antidote to Ghana’s effective wing play.Despite the hevay win, head coach of the Eagles Lovemore Kuzorero said he expected more from his team. “We’re going back to the drawing board. We still have things to work on. We’ll fill all the loopholes. We’ll come back on Saturday and do better than what he did today”, coach Kuzorero told JoySports.President of the Ghana Football Rugby Union Herbert Mensah expressed his delight with the progress the Eagles have made in the last three years.“I think Ghana is four or five years ahead of schedule. The victory today[Wednesday] is an indication of progress, not success. It’s not an indication of success. I focus more on progress.”In the second semi-final, Mauritius produced a spectacular performance to rout Lesotho 49-16.Mauritius will face Ghana in Saturday’s final while Lesotho and Rwanda lock horns in the third-place play-off. The winner of the 2018 Rugby Africa Bronze Cup will earn a spot to compete in the Silver Cup which comes off later this year.