On 28-29 October the Uzbek city of Urgench is to play host to an international conference which will address the environmental consequences of the drying up of the Aral Sea, which is located between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
For the first time in Ukrainian history, the majority of the country’s parliament is composed of pro-European forces. President Poroshenko and Prime Minister Yatsenyuk are poised to form a new coalition.
Although the president of Uzbekistan congratulated the country for having achieved this year's harvest target of 3.4 million tons of cotton, drivers in Jizzakh province are still being arbitrarily stopped by police and forced to work in nearby cotton fields.
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)