Uzbekistani human rights activist freed after 8 years

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TASHKENT -- Human Rights Watch (HRW) is hailing the release of an Uzbekistani human rights advocate after eight years, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported Monday (October 16).

Ganihon Mamathonov, 65, began serving a five-year sentence in 2009, but authorities extended his sentence twice. He was released Monday.

"Getting amazing news from Uzbekistan," HRW Central Asia researcher Steve Swerdlow tweeted Monday.

"It is like a dream," Mamathonov told RFE/RL Monday.

Several activists have been freed since President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took office last December.

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