started this petition to
Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Petition to Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier
My name is Alisher Ilkhamov. I live
and work in London, but am originally from Uzbekistan and considering myself a
citizen of this country. I’m writing in regard to your coming
visit to Uzbekistan and wanted to urge you to raise concerns with the Uzbek
president Shavkat Mirziyoev over the human rights situation in this country and
especially the problem of mass evictions of ordinary citizens’ houses.
Over the last couple of years, the
human rights situation in Uzbekistan has improved to some extent. A number of
the prisoners of conscience have been released, the local mass media is
experiencing less censorship pressure from the authorities, the scale of forced
labour has been reduced dramatically, and several days ago, the government
stopped blocking some independent websites.
At the same time, from the point of
view of housing rights the situation in the country has become even worse than
in Karimov times. According to some estimations, around ten thousand citizens
have been affected by the unlawful demolition of their houses. In most cases,
the houses, in sufficiently good condition for living, are being demolished just
to build on their places another apartment buildings for sale. When having
been evicted, the owners of these demolished houses are in most cases not
receiving adequate compensation.
Many entrepreneurs have been also
affected by this campaign of confiscation and demolitions launched by some
local authorities, like ordinary citizens. Which raises concerns also over the mass
violation of property rights in Uzbekistan.
the top of that, the authorities are ordering or allowing the construction companies
to cutting down trees in the cities, which is deteriorating the environmental situation
in the urban areas and living conditions for their residents.
these violations of property, housing and environmental rights are coincided,
driven and affected by government corruption,
money laundering schemes and conflict of interest.
government of Uzbekistan, welcoming your visit, is probably expecting from
Germany more investments into the country. But you should make clear to Mr
Mirziyoev that investments will be pre-conditioned by the improvements of the
situation with housing, environmental and property rights in the country. That
would be perfectly in line with the norms of corporate social responsibility and
Germany’s commitments to human rights. My understanding is that for you as a social-democrat
the socio-economic rights of your own citizens and the citizens of other
countries are paramount in your political outlook and conditional to any other considerations.
you get interested in this subject, I and my friends and colleagues will be
happy to provide you with documented evidence of the issues I reported above.
Thank you very much for your time
and consideration, Sincerely
by other concerned citizens of Uzbekistan