Human rights

Voice of human rights advocates

“O men! Behold, We have created you all out of a male and a female, and have made you into nations and tribes, so that you might come to know one another. Verily, the noblest of you in the sight of God is the one who is most deeply conscious of Him. Behold, God is all-knowing, all aware.”

[Surah Al-Hujurat, 13]

Islam gave to mankind an ideal code of human rights fourteen centuries ago. These rights aim at conferring honour and dignity on mankind and eliminating exploitation, oppression and injustice.

Human rights in Islam are firmly rooted in the belief that God, and God alone, is the Law Giver and the Source of all human rights. Due to their Divine origin, no ruler, government, assembly or authority can curtail or violate in any way the human rights conferred by God, nor can they be surrendered.

Human rights in Islam are an integral part of the overall Islamic order and it is obligatory on all Muslim governments and organs of society to implement them in letter and in spirit within the framework of that order.

It is unfortunate that human rights are being trampled upon with impunity in many countries of the world, including some Muslim countries. Such violations are a matter of serious concern and are arousing the conscience of more and more people throughout the world.

An extract from the Foreword of the Universal Islamic Human Rights Declaration


Must read: speech of Mr. Talib Yakubov, chairman of the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan on January 7, 2004. [20-12-2003]
Uzbekistan: Torture death in police custody. [20-12-2003]
Uzbekistan: Secret executions in a corrupt and flawed justice system. [18-11-2003]
Uzbekistan: Neighborhood Committees Violate Rights. [23-09-2003]
Uzbekistan: Torture Death in Prison. [03-06-2003]
Uzbekistan: Rights Defender Detained on Homosexuality Charges. [29-05-2003]
New death torture in Uzbekistan. [21-05-2003]
HRW Letter to President Islam Karimov. [02-05-2003]
HRW: Deaths in Custody in Uzbekistan. [05-04-2003]
Talib Yakubov: Open letter to the President of the EBRD. [05-04-2003]
US State Department: Reports on Human Rights Practices in Uzbekistan, 2002. [04-04-2003]
AI report: Uzbekistan, July-December 2002. [10-03-2003]
HRW: Dissident Beaten and Ill in Police Custody. [26-02-2003]
Human Rights Watch World Report 2003: Uzbekistan. [04-02-2003]
Case of Iskandar Khudoyberganov: appeal against death sentence turned down. [29-01-2003]
IHRC: Uzbekistan – Torture, the language of repression. [18-01-2003]
HRW: Release More Human Rights Defenders. [10-01-2003]
AI: Fear of forcible deportation – Fear of torture. [05-12-2002]
Uzbekistan: Alleged torture victim sentenced to death. [04-12-2002]
AI: Death verdict on Iskandar Khudoberganov. [28-11-2002]
HRW: Kofi Annan Visit to China, Central Asia Should Promote Human Rights. [16-10-2002]
IHF: Death by torture in Uzbekistan. [03-10-2002]
HRW: Uzbek Rights Defender Sentenced to Imprisonment. [18-09-2002]
HRW: U.S. Rubber Stamps Human Rights. [10-09-2002]
AI: Iskandar Khudoberganov is at grave risk. [06-09-2002]
HRW: Dissident in Psychiatric Detention. [30-08-2002]
HRW: No Religious Freedom in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan. [22-08-2002]
HRW: Uzbekistan: Two Brutal Deaths in Custody. [10-08-2002]
HRW: U.S. Strenghtens Human Rights Effort on Uzbekistan. [03-08-2002]
HRW: Release Rights Defender Now. Letter to Pr. Karimov. [28-06-2002]
Statement of the participants of the International Conference on “Human Rights and Security in Turkmenistan”. [16-06-2002]
Concern about EBRD decision on Tashkent. [23-05-2002]
U.N. Criticizes Uzbekistan for torture. [23-05-2002]
HRSU reports about catastrophic situation in all across Karimov’s prisons [17.04.2002]
UIJU: Persecution of Uzbek poet Yusuf Djumaev continues [13.04.2002]
Amnesty International targets INS for treatment of 9/11 detainees [01.04.2002]
UIJU: An independent journalist in danger [30.03.2002]
In defense of Uzbek poet Yusuf Djumaev [29.03.2002]
Kyrgyzstan: an audience with Beknazarov [28.03.2002]
Human rights groups call for S.Africa to cut all ties with Israel [27.03.2002]
HRW urged Kyrgyzstan President A.Akaev to promptly establish an independent team to investigate police killings [23.03.2002]
Persecution of Uzbek poet and his family is going on [23.03.2002]
Independent journalist O. Sarapulov has been released [15.03.2002]
Uzbekistan: Human Rights Advocates Urge Bush To Confront Karimov [15.03.2002]
U.S. Department of State: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – 2001 [13.03.2002]
Deputy Executive Director of UIJU O. Sarapulov is detained In Uzbekistan [13.03.2002]
Letter to the State Secretary Mr.Collin Powell from T.Yakubov, Chairman of HRSU [13.03.2002]
Letter to the President Mr. George Bush from T.Yakubov and I.Khudayberganov [13.03.2002]
Meeting with Pres. I.Karimov of Uzbekistan: Letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg [13.03.2002]
HRW: Letter to U.S. President George W. Bush [13.03.2002]
Statement of Press Center of Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan “E’zgulik”. [03.03.2002]
Prison camp pictures spark protests. [22.01.2002]
Life in a Guantanamo cell. [22.01.2002]
Camp X-Ray prisoners. [22.01.2002]
Letter to Donald Rumsfeld. [22.01.2002]
AI calls on the USA to end legal limbo of Guantanamo prisoners. [22.01.2002]
Former prisoners of conscience from Uzbekistan to speak about their experiences. [22.01.2002]
Anti-Terror Campaign Cloaking Human Rights Abuse. [19.01.2002]
Freedom House report focuses on Muslim countries. [29.12.2001]
Appeal of the Kyrgyz-American Bureau on Human Rights and Rule of Law. [07.12.2001]
Appeal of the AI with regard to imprisonment of Rahima Ahmadalieva. [09.11.2001]
Human Rights Watch: U.S. Report on Religious Freedom is Flawed. [28.10.2001]
Torture victim dies in custody. New victim in crackdown on independent Muslims. [20.10.2001]
AI’s report. Central Asia: no excuse for escalating human rights violations. [15.10.2001]
War against terrorism and human rights in Uzbekistan. Interview of the BBC with high-rank representative of Human Rights Watch Rachel Denber. [31.09.2001]
Report of Amnesty International about human rights abuses in Uzbekistan. [14.09.2001]
Repression against people, who protect rights of Muslims, continues. [10.09.2001]
“Utterly incomprehensible act �” Human Rights Watch’s new memorandum. [22.08.2001]
U.S. expresses deep concern on death of human rights activist. [20.07.2001]
IHF Press-release: Repression of Human Rights Defenders in Uzbekistan includes death in detention, forced psychiatric hospitalisation, harassment. [17.07.2001]
Collaborators of security service attacked the correspondent of PRIMA agency Ruslan Sharipov in Tashkent. [13.07.2001]
HRW Report: Uzbek activist dies in custody. [10.07.2001]
Amnesty International’s report for UN Human Rights Committee. [09.07.2001]
Uzbek Human Rights Campaigner and Uzbek Parliaments’ Former Member Died in Jail. [07.07.2001]
Arrest of the member of the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan, [16.06.2001]
Memorandum of Human Rigths Watch by U.S. policy in Central Asia, [07.06.2001]
HRW: Uzbekistan. Dissident in Psychiatric Detention. [12.04.2001]
Letter of HRW to the office of the High Commissioner of the UN for human rights. [05.04.2001]
Appeal of Odina Mahsudova to international community [27.03.2001]
“Memorial” Human Rights Center, Human Rights Information Center for Central Asia: Uzbekistan. Treatment of political convicts in the strict order prison located near Tashkent. [24.03.2001]
Human Rights Watch World Report, 2001, Uzbekistan. [23.03.2001]
Uzbek militia attacks Muslim women! [22.03.2001]
New murder committed by militia [21.03.2001]
Resettlement of 5 villages by force: Statement of HRSU. [17.01.2001]
HRW: Uzbek police routinely tortures detainees [15.12.2000]
Concentration camp in Uzbekistan [15.12.2000]
Uzbek court sentences opposition in absentia. [17.11.2000]
Violations of media freedom [08.11.2000]
Appeal of relatives of Muslim prisoners. [08.10.2000]
Testimony of Acacia Shields. Hearing on The State Department annual report on international religious freedom for 2000 [08.09.2000]
HRW Report on recent war in Uzbekistan. [17.08.2000]
Uzbek police �disappear’ torture victim. [20.07.2000]
US State Department world report on human rights: Uzbekistan, 1999 [25.02.2000]
HRW World Report 1999: Uzbekistan. [1999]
HRW World Report 1998: Uzbekistan. [1998]
Universal Islamic Human Rights Declaration [1996]