Speaking out against the use of torture in Uzbekistan, Amnesty International is calling for international support for Mirsobir Hamidkariev, who was abducted in Moscow and later “found” in prison in Tashkent. Hamidkariev is currently standing trial in Uzbekistan.
The pompous announcement by Islam Karimov on October 24 that this year's goal of 3.4 million tons of cotton had been reached does not mean that all cotton pickers are free to go home. As of today Syrdaryo, Jizzakh, and Tashkent provinces have yet to met their quota obligations. Doctors, teachers, soldiers, and prisoners from these provinces will continue toiling in cotton fields until November 10.
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. (1)