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Norway welcomes Uzbekistan’s participation in the UPR and notes the positive steps taken since its last review, including greater openness and international engagement. The release of political prisoners and [removal of persons from black lists;] the increasing freedom of the press [and the progress made on abolishing forced labour in the cotton harvest are all positive first steps.]
Norway remains concerned about restrictions on civil society and freedom of expression, association and belief.
Norway recommends that Uzbekistan:
1) Adopt concrete measures to ensure the legitimate exercise of the rights to freedom of expression, association and belief;
2) Carry out judicial and penitentiary reform in accordance with international law;
3) Invite the United Nations Special Rapporteurs on torture and human rights defenders.