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)
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.