Bakirov, Ulugbek

Gender: .
State of concern: .

Who, Why and How exiled:

Ulugbek Bakirov is a native Uzbek from the Andijan region. After graduation he worked as a teacher and as a journalist for Andijan television. He was also an activist of the opposition party Birlik in the Andijan region, and headed the branch of the human rights society Ezgulik.

In 2005, after the Andijan events, when the persecution of activists began, Bakirov took an active part in protecting the rights of victims and in establishing the number of dead Andijan people (Centre1, 2018). Due to threats on his life he was forced to leave the country in 2005.

Category of exile: . (Definitions here.)

Which stages experienced: Stage 1   not Stage 2   not Stage 3. (Definitions here.)
Date of most serious incident: 2005.
Violence experienced: .

Stage 1 details (accusations/ charges/ Interpol notice/ extradition requests):

During the Andijan events, he was followed and beaten up. He then decided to leave the country. (Centre1, 2018)



International arrest warrant: .

Countries of transit, asylum and/or residence: , .

Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident):

He was forced to move to Bishkek and seek asylum with UNHCR (Centre1, 2018).

Current status:

Since 2006, he lives in Norway where he is a journalist and works as a civil society activist. In 2018 he has been chosen as the leader of the Uzbek civil society organisation "Club of fiery hearts"   «Клуба пламенных сердец» based in France (Centre 1, 2018). In 2015 he started working with Mutabar Tadjibaeva on the virtual election commissions and an online radio (Centre 1, 2018; RFL/RL, 2015).

Press sources:

Centre 1 (2018). "Клуб пламенных сердец» возглавил Улугбек Бакир". 17.05.2018. [Online].Available at : [Accessed: 22 May, 2018].

RFL/RL (2015). "Virtual Election' Seeks To Give Uzbeks Real Choice". 10.02.2015.[Online].Available at: [Accessed: 22 May, 2018].