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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Group Decries Beating

ALMATY, Kazakhstan () -- An international human rights group Tuesday blamed Uzbekistan's government for the kidnapping and beating of the son of a leading Uzbek dissident and accused it of a return to "brutal repression" of dissent.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch-Helsinki said Hasan Mirsaidov, the son of dissident Shukhrullo Mirsaidov, was abducted Saturday by three armed assailants, beaten, threatened with death and released after 12 hours.

Helsinki Watch did not make clear who the three armed men were but said in a statement: "The organization is calling for a vigorous police investigation and punishment of the assailants, but acknowledges there is little hope of an impartial investigation since the incident was undoubtedly carried out at the behest of the Uzbekistan government."