Thomson ReutersNovember 22, 2013 12:18
By Stephanie Nebehay
GENEVA (Reuters) - Torture is rife in prisons and police stations in Uzbekistan, where activists are rounded up and routinely mistreated in a crackdown on dissent, the U.N. torture watchdog said on Friday.
It cited "numerous, ongoing and consistent allegations" that detainees in the ex-Soviet state were tortured, including by beatings, rape and sexual violence, to extract confessions.
Some alleged abuses had resulted in deaths in custody, the U.N. Committee against Torture said.