The chief of police of Syrdaryo province has threatened criminal action against anyone who refuses to pick 60 kilograms of cotton per day. Is this latest development in cotton draft a personal initiative of the police chief or does it come from orders from higher up? The human rights society “Ezgulik” has decided to find out and has sent a letter to Adhamzhon Ahmadbaev, the Minister of Internal Affairs.
Activist Abdullo Tojiboj-ugli intends to run for president of Uzbekistan on March 2015. In order to get on the ballot he is starting a lawsuit with the Ministry of Justice for the right to register his political party.
Both leaders of the “Alga, Karakalpakstan” (Karakalpakstan, go forward) movement, which calls for the independence for the autonomous region from the Republic of Uzbekistan, have raised concerns that they maybe being followed by the Uzbek SNB, and fear the regime is planning to kidnap and bring back them to Uzbekistan.
The embassy of Uzbekistan in the USA issued a certificate on October 1 to Burhon Choriev and to his wife Shahlo Nazarova informing them that they have been stripped of Uzbek citizenship. Choriev and Nazarova are relatives of Bahodir Choriev, leader of the “Birdamlik” opposition movement. (1)
One of the four official parties in Uzbekistan, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPU), which supposedly represents private business interests in the country, has started collecting signatures with the Chamber of Commerce in order to get the party on the ballot for the December election to parliament.
'Portraits from Today’s Uzbekistan' is an exhibition taking place in Warsaw from September 22 to October 2 as a side event of the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2014, an annual conference organized by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
The current situation that the Uzbek president’s elder daughter, Gulnara Karimova, has found herself in is an indication that all speculations about the president’s successor should be called off, believes the Russian political scientist Alexey Malashenko.
Gulnara Karimova, the Uzbek president’s elder daughter, who has been under house arrest in Tashkent for the past seven months, has retained a public relations agency based in London which is demanding justice on her behalf. (1)
On September 12, the two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit concluded in the capital of Tajikistan. The member states adopted a resolution on new membership procedures, discussed current threats to security in the region, ways to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, and further economic cooperation.
Oleg Panfilov characterizes the position of the Uzbek president, as witnessed at last week’s summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), as “actively neutral”. Belkovsky suggests that people should not pay much attention to Karimov’s remark about “Russia’s long-standing interests” in the region.
Speaking today at the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe, Karimov underscored the urgency of bilateral Russian-Ukrainian negotiations, which should take into account “Russia’s long-standing interests” in the region.