Matlyuba Kamilova

Uzbek human rights activist and educator

Matlyuba Kamilova or Matluba Kamilova is an Uzbeck human rights activist and school principal. In 2016, Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., named her one of twenty women political prisoners in the Free the 20 campaign.[1]


Kamilova spoke out about police corruption. In September 2010, she was arrested and charged with possession of drugs. She is still in prison.[2]

Life and workEdit

Kamillova is a lawyer. She was the director of a technical college in Angren, Tashkent province. Kamilova was born in 1960.[3]

Kamilova worked against corruption and helped people work for their rights.[4] Because of Kamilova, two corruption cases were started against local government officials.[3]

On September 6, 2010, police stopped Kamilova in her car. Kamilova’s 21-year-old son, Shohruhon, was also in the car. The police told Shohruhon they found heroin in the car. The police beat Kamilova and her son, and took them to jail. In jail, they made Kavilova listen to the screams of prisoners being beaten, because they wanted her to confess. At the trial, the police did not agree about where they found the drugs. An activist at the trial said the police put drugs on Kamilova.[3] Drug convictions and planting drugs on human rights activists are routine in Uzbekistan.[5]

A court sentenced Kamilova to eleven years in prison. Because it is a drug charge, she cannot get an appeal. No one knows where she is.[3]


  1. "#Freethe20 – is the official United States Government website for international human rights related information". Archived from the original on 2017-07-29. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  2. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-12-09. Retrieved 2016-07-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 ""Until the Very End"". 25 September 2014.
  4. "human rights advocate Matluba Kamilova was arrested… – Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan".
  5. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-12-03. Retrieved 2016-07-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)