Yet another method of preventing human rights activists from collecting accurate information on forced cotton laborers was witnessed in the fields this past weekend: Secret service employees ran ahead of activists and “advised” cotton pickers to keep silent.
One of the four official parties in Uzbekistan, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPU), which supposedly represents private business interests in the country, has started collecting signatures with the Chamber of Commerce in order to get the party on the ballot for the December election to parliament.
For a young man from rural Uzbekistan picking cotton instead of someone else – say, a police officer – is a lucky draw. He would be forced by his local makhallya (citizen council) to the fields any way. (1)
If you want to know what Hell feels like, you should go to the basement of the Tashkent prison known as Tashtyurma and listen to the screams of people being tortured, says Kayum Ortikov, former guard at the British embassy in Uzbekistan and an ex-prisoner, in his interview to Uznews.net.
72-year-old Khasan Choriev died on Friday, March 14, at his home in Shakhrisyabz. The father of Bakhodyr Choriev, the founder of the opposition movement Birdamlik, was a simple, kind, and cheerful man, who fell victim to the authorities’ revenge for his son’s political activities.
The country is on the brink of collapse – on the one hand there is a potential of a military coup organized by the country’s secret services fraction, on the other there is a “two-year” civil war instigated by political opposition, People’s Movement of Uzbekistan. Islam Karimov must talk to us in Prague. (1)