House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask Uzbekistan to admit the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture for the first time since 2002.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

A lack of verifiable information and limited access make allegations of torture and other ill-treatment in Uzbekistan difficult to assess. The international community, including the UK, regularly requests the Uzbek authorities to allow the return of the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Torture. We will continue to lobby persistently on this issue. We also encourage the Uzbek Government to sign and ratify the UN Convention against Torture and its optional protocol.

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