Human rights defenders in Uzbekistan
This video is about Bahtiyor Hamrayev, a finalist for the Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2013. Hamrayev, who sadly died in May 2013 at the age of 58, was an Uzbek human rights defender who consistently provided Amnesty International and other international organizations with information, despite the dangers to himself and his family.
Front Line Defenders describe Bahtiyor Hamrayev as a dedicated campaigner for human rights. He was head of the Djizak regional branch of the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan and documented human rights violations in this region. In recent years he became the main contact with families of imprisoned human rights defenders, helping to spread information about their conditions in detention, torture and ill-treatment, and helping to provide the families with legal aid and financial assistance.
The video gives a good overview of the very difficult situation that human rights defenders in Uzbekistan face today.