As the 2014 cotton harvest slowly draws to its close in Uzbekistan, increasingly numbers of injuries and fatalities associated with the harvest are coming to light. The latest tragic incident involved the death of 56-year-old Hursanai Koroboeva.
Uzbek news website Anhor.uz published a well-known photograph by Tashkent-based photographer Umida Ahmedova. The photograph was then hastily removed once the editors apparently realized that the photographer was a dissident not favored by the government.
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)
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)