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Dauletmurat Tajimuratov

HRD, Lawyer

Dauletmurat Tajimuratov is a Karakalpak human rights defender and lawyer. He is a prominent community leader in the Independent Republic of Karakalpakstan. He worked as an editor at a newspaper named El Khyzmetinde (In the Service of the People). Dauletmurat Tajimuratov’s human rights work includes protection of the rights of the Karakalpak national minority in Uzbekistan. He was one of the leaders of the peaceful protests in Nukus in 2022 aimed at protecting Karakalpakstan’s status as an independent republic.


Human rights defenders in Uzbekistan continue to be systematically persecuted. Torture, ill-treatment, arbitrary detention, fabricated prosecutions, imprisonment and excessive force are used by law enforcement officials to prevent them from carrying out their legitimate and peaceful work in defence of human rights. The severity of the repression has contributed to a number of defenders being forced to go into exile. Human rights defenders and independent journalists continue to face physical attacks, which remain unpunished. Serious obstacles to freedom of peaceful assembly persist.

There are grave concerns for the health of several defenders who remain in long term detention. The situation in Uzbek detention facilities is in general very poor and the conditions for human rights defenders in particular are a cause for concern. According to reports by human rights activists and relatives of prisoners, prisons are overcrowded and tuberculosis and hepatitis are endemic, making even short periods of incarceration potentially life threatening. The use of torture and ill-treatment in pre-trial facilities and prisons is widespread. The government also routinely increases the prison terms of human rights defenders as they approach the end of the sentences they were initially ordered to serve, coming up with trumped-up charges of minor violations of prison discipline.