Uzbekistan

House of Lords written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are making representations to the Government of Uzbekistan about freedom of expression on the internet.

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

We raise freedom of expression issues, including internet freedom, with the Uzbek authorities on a regular basis. In 2012 the UK funded a project focusing on freedom of expression in Uzbekistan, with particular focus on ensuring greater accountability by parliament to the media. We believe that constructive engagement offers the best chance of making progress and will continue to raise our concerns with the Uzbek Government. The European Union (EU) discusses freedom of expression with the Uzbek authorities in its annual human rights dialogue. The UK and EU are keen to step up co-operation on freedom of expression issues, and encourage Uzbekistan to take advantage of the expertise that exists in regional and international human rights organisations such as the Office for Security and Co-operation in Europe and United Nations Special Procedures. We will continue to raise concerns about freedom of expression on the internet as we take forward our broader discussions with the Uzbeks.

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