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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Uzbek Three

Mehriniso Hamdamova, Zulkhumor Hamdamova and Shahlo Rakhmonova, all women, were convicted in April 2010 on criminal charges of threatening the constitutional order, public security, and public order because they had conducted private religious instruction of girls.  Mehriniso Hamdamova, a teacher at an officially approved women’s religion course at Karshi’s Kuk Gumbaz Mosque, was sentenced to seven years in a prison camp; her sister Zulkhumor Hamdamova, and their relative Shahlo Rakhmonova, each received six-and-a-half-year terms.

Shahlo Rakhmonova, Mehriniso Hamdamova and Zulkhumor Hamdamova have been RELEASED.