By News Briefing Central Asia - Central
Human rights defenders in Uzbekistan
are reporting a sudden upsurge in cases of harassment by the security service.
Since mid-June, increasing numbers of
activists across the country have said they have been summoned for questioning,
subject to greater surveillance, and in some cases opened threatened.
Yelena Urlaeva, leader of the Human Rights
Alliance of Uzbekistan, says that on July 4, a woman burst into her Tashkent
and started "screaming and demanding that I stop my activities".
The same day, two assailants attacked