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Uzbekistan's improved constitutional rights are meaningless

Law already guaranteed freedoms, no reason to expect implementation

| Uzbekistan
According to government figures, 90.2% of participants in the April 30 referendum voted in favor of revising the constitution.   © AP

Umida Niyazova is director and founder of the Berlin-based Uzbek Forum for Human Rights.

Last week, Uzbekistan held a referendum on the adoption of a revised constitution, including some 200 changes affecting two-thirds of the original text.

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