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.
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.
Yet another method of preventing human rights activists from collecting accurate information on forced cotton laborers was witnessed in the fields this past weekend: Secret service employees ran ahead of activists and “advised” cotton pickers to keep silent. (3)
Uzbek human rights activists have conducted a monitoring effort focused on the state of the educational process in the schools and colleges of the Tashkent region during the cotton harvest: students have not left to gather cotton, but are learning haphazardly.
While crossing the Uzbek-Kazakh border Angren journalist Dmitry Tikhonov was told that his new biometric passport has been programmed to notify border officials to thoroughly search him and to notify the central authorities in Tashkent each time he crosses the border. (1)