Rumors of arrests of two high-ranking SNB officials, brothers Hajet and Javdat Sharifhodjaev, have been floating around Uzbekistan recently. The two officials are thought to be Gulnara Karimova’s main oppressors and her sister Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva’s protectors. (1)
“Our end goal is Karakalpakstan independence,” say supporters of a referendum on independence from Uzbekistan, and who are calling on the Organization of Security and Co-operation in Europe, Russia, and Kazakhstan to act as independent observers of the referendum process.
On the eve of the 25th anniversary of Islam Karimov being in power in Uzbekistan former CIS countries’ presidents – Leonid Kravchyuk, first president of post-Soviet Ukraine, and Stanislav Shushkevich, chair of the Belarus Supreme Council in 1991-1994 – told Uznews.net what Karimov thought about the collapse of the Soviet Union and why it is difficult to establish democracy in Uzbekistan.
According to Alexey Malashenko, Russia is attempting to revive the USSR, but as far as Central Asia is concerned only Kyrgyzstan might be interested in closer ties; while Uzbekistan slowly drifts towards the West. (1)
The Tashkent city administration is closing down children’s home No 24, dismissing all the workers and transferring the children to children’s home No 21. In other words, in response to a complaint about a headache they have chopped off the head.
The Uzbek government has revealed new measures planned for 2014-2016 to bring the country into compliance with the child labor conventions.of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Human rights activists remain skeptical.