If a country experiences an annual increase in GDP of 8%, every citizen should be able to observe an increase in production, more available jobs, and their own purchasing power strengthened. If such evidence is unavailable, the numbers are either false or the profits are being siphoned off.
Davron Abdurahmanov, son of imprisoned Karakalpakstan journalist Salijon Abdurahmanov, applied for an exit visa in order to accompany his mother to India for heart surgery. The exit visa is Soviet-legacy rule left intact by Karimov during his almost quarter century reign in Uzbekistan. Every citizen wishing to travel abroad must first obtain an authorization from the government to do so.
Feruza Hurramova and her son Dadahon, who had been deported from Uzbekistan to Turkey and then discovered that her Uzbek citizenship was annulled by the authorities in Tashkent, are unable to return home to the US due to lack of a valid passport. (1)
The head of Tashkent province’s Pskentsky district police, Murad Bakhodyrov, ordered a strip search of the Human Rights Alliance of Uzbekistan (PAU) leader after she took photos of forced cotton pickers on October 11.
The family of 19-year-old Shamsiddin Bobosaidov, who was forced to pick cotton in Syrdaryo province, examined his body in the morgue on October 3. The young man appears to had been brutally tortured before he died, reports Ezgulik.
The family of Mirsobir Hamidkaraev – the Uzbek entrepreneur and political asylum-seeker in Russia, who was kidnapped in Moscow in June – has just discovered that he is currently being tried in a court in Tashkent. The third hearing is scheduled for October 9.
Islam Karimov’s dictatorship is not the only nemesis of Uzbek human rights activists – adversarial geopolitical interests, lack of funding, aging, and slander by faux-colleagues are some of the other forces threatening a movement ever-teetering on the verge of extinction.