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Majlis Podcast: Uzbekistan Holds A Human Rights Conference

Is the Uzbek president trying to improve Uzbekistan's image?

On November 22-23, Uzbekistan hosted the Asian Forum on Human Rights in the city of Samarkand.

It was a sign of how Uzbekistan is trying to change its image since President Shavkat Mirziyoev came to power at the end of 2016. Prior to that, Uzbekistan was considered a rights abuser, not a host nation for a rights conference.

RFE/RL's media relations manager, Muhammad Tahir, moderated a discussion on the conference -- and what it did and did not do to help change Uzbekistan’s dismal international image.

Two people who attended the forum were on the podcast this week: Brigitte Dufour, the president of the Brussels-based International Partnership for Human Rights, and longtime Majlis friend Steve Swerdlow, the researcher for Central Asia at Human Rights Watch.

Alisher Ilkhamov from the London-based School of Oriental and African Studies also took part in the discussion.

As usual, I had a few things to say also.

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    Bruce Pannier

    Bruce Pannier writes the Qishloq Ovozi blog and appears regularly on the Majlis podcast for RFE/RL.