Political prisoners in Uzbekistan suffer “unspeakable abuses”, including torture and abysmal jail conditions according to Human Rights Watch.
A new report says that activists, journalists and government critics are locked up for years and often have their sentences extended arbitrarily.
The Uzbek authorities say there are no political prisoners in the country and that torture is being eliminated.
The report looks at the cases of 34 current and 10 former prisoners.
“We have concluded that at least 29 out of these 44 prisoners have alleged credibly that they have been tortured either during the pre-trial custody phase or in prison,” Steve Swerdlow, Central Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch, told the BBC.