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The number of people infected with COVID-19 is growing in prisons in Uzbekistan. Authorities plan to build a quarantine zone for prisoners near Tashkent

This was announced on August 4 during an operational meeting held at the Main Directorate for the Execution of Sentences (GUIN) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uzbekistan. According to a representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, who wished to remain anonymous, in the near future a quarantine zone will be built in the city of Angren, Tashkent region, capable of accommodating 3,000 prisoners.

The Capital Construction Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uzbekistan and other authorized bodies have begun designing a building for a new quarantine zone.

In addition, in some penitentiary institutions, it is planned to create sanitary centers to provide medical care to prisoners who have contracted the coronavirus infection COVID-19.

COVID Center in Tashtyurm

An employee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uzbekistan, who took part in an operational meeting at the GUIN on 4 August, on condition of anonymity, agreed to tell Ozodlik about some of the decisions made at the meeting.

– During the meeting, the head of the GUIN Adilov said that 300 million soums, 4 oxygen cylinders, 60 pieces of pulse oximeters and several ventilators (artificial lung ventilation devices) were allocated to create a COVID center. Ed.). In addition, it was reported that at the expense of donor and budget funds, drugs against COVID-19 and tests made in China to determine the new coronavirus will be purchased. The commandant of the Tashkent prison, Abdurasul Mazhidov, was given appropriate instructions on this issue, said an employee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs who wished to remain anonymous.

He also added that funds from the Centralized Fund of the GUIN of the Ministry of Internal Affairs can be allocated to combat the coronavirus, which is rapidly spreading in the penal institutions of Uzbekistan.

An increase in the number of infected prisoners and prison staff

An employee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uzbekistan, in a conversation with a journalist from Ozodlik, said that during the operational meeting, it was reported that an increase in the number of employees of the penal system and prisoners infected with coronavirus was reported.

– During the operational meeting, it became known that in the Karavulbazar detention center in the Bukhara region, about 70 people, including prisoners, operatives and soldiers of the guard service, were quarantined due to suspicions of infection with the new coronavirus. The meeting also said that 20 employees and prisoners of the colonies in the Tavaksay settlement of the Tashkent region and the city of Almalyk were diagnosed with coronavirus, the source said.

The editorial staff of Ozodlik does not yet have information on the scale of the spread of COVID-19 in other prisons of Uzbekistan, in particular, in the women’s colony in the Zangiata district of the Tashkent region.

“Tashtyurma” switched to an enhanced quarantine regime

The pre-trial detention center No. 1 in the Zangiata district of the Tashkent region, popularly known as “Tashtyurma”, has switched to an enhanced quarantine regime. National Guard officers and guardsmen guarding the facility, as well as 7 prisoners, were quarantined with suspected contamination.

– Several of our employees are hospitalized. The trials take place online, via video link established between Tashtyurma and the courts. In our pre-trial detention center, very strict quarantine measures have been introduced. We hope that in the near future we will get rid of this misfortune, – said the head of the special unit, Major Kakhramon Khasanov in a telephone conversation to the Ozodlik journalist.

Chaman Muminova, an employee of the Tashtyurma office, told our editorial office that the reception of parcels, parcels and parcels sent to prisoners was temporarily suspended. She added that in connection with the quarantine due to coronavirus infection, a ban has been introduced in SIZO No. 1 on meeting prisoners with lawyers and close relatives.

Authorities hide coronavirus cases in prisons

Recall that on May 22 of this year, a resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers was adopted “On additional measures to ensure openness and transparency of the activities of internal affairs bodies in the field of execution of sentences related to imprisonment”.

According to the document, from now on, information about the death and state of health of persons held in penitentiary institutions and pre-trial detention centers are subject to declassification. However, despite this, the authorities continue to hide from the public information about the number of prisoners who have contracted or died from COVID-19.

On August 3, the editorial office of Ozodlik received a message stating that in the colony-settlement No. 47, prisoners had contracted the coronavirus. However, our radio was unable to contact the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uzbekistan to receive a comment on this message.

Recall that two months ago – on May 30, the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that, together with the Ministry of Health, is taking all necessary measures to prevent the penetration and spread of coronavirus infection COVID-19 in penal institutions.

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