View Adopted: 2020.03.13
The author is a national of Uzbekistan who claims that Uzbekistan has violated her rights under articles 2(3), 6, 7, 14, 15, 17, 19, and 26 of the Covenant.
The author, a professor of French language, was approached by her student N.B. who handed her an envelope. A few minutes later, the author was arrested by the police on suspicion of receiving a bribe. The author was followingly brought to the Office of the Prosecutor where she claims that the investigator swore at her, attempt to exert a bribe, and threatened her with physical abuse. The author also claimed that her request to use the bathroom was denied until five hours later. The author was later dismissed from her post at the university and was found guilty of extorting a fee in exchange for performing work that was part of her immediate official duties. The author believes that her arrest was initiated and arranged by the management of the university, citing a personal grudge of the new dean against her.
In her complaint, the author claims that the State party violated article 7 of the Covenant given that the investigator threatened her with physical abuse, a harsher criminal penalty, and did not allow her to use a bathroom for over five hours. In addition, the author claims that her rights under article 14(3) were violated, given that the court denied her right to legal assistance of her own choosing, that there was an undue delay in the trail, and that the court did not allow her to have witness questioned during the trial. The author also claims that, in dismissing her from the university before the Court had delivered a rule, the State party had violated her right to the presumption of innocence. Finally, the author submits that her rights under articles 6, 15, 17, 19, and 26 of the Covenant were violated.