ADC Memorial submitted reports within the framework of the UPR on the situation of vulnerable groups in Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

The reports of ADC Memorial cover the problems of vulnerable groups in these countries, including discrimination based on gender and ethnicity.

As for vulnerable ethnic minorities, the report on Uzbekistan is focused on the problems of education in native languages, the situation of Mugat/Luli, and pays special attention to the tragic events in Karakalpakstan: the brutal suppression of protests in the summer of 2022 and unfair sentences imposed on demonstrators.

The report on Azerbaijan is devoted to the problems of such groups as Talysh, Lezgins, Tsakhurs, Armenians, and others: their underrepresentation in government bodies and public administration, the problems of preserving their cultural heritage and recognizing their contribution to the history and culture of Azerbaijan, education in their native languages. Special attention is paid to marginalized Roma-like groups, in particular, the Dom minority.

The report on Turkmenistan focuses on the problem of discrimination based on gender and/or SOGI: the attack on women’s rights in all spheres of life and the extremely difficult situation of LGBTI+.

The 44th session of the UN Universal Periodic Review, scheduled for November 2023, will consider the human rights situation in a number of countries in our region (Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan)