A granddaughter of human rights activist Tatyana Dovlatova has not been able to get enlisted into form eight since September, which the director of Tashkent’s school 91 has referred to the ban by the National Security Service’s (SNB) Tashkent city department.
Tatyana Dovlatova is sure that her granddaughter, 14-year-old Karina Mahsudova, is being humiliated in revenge for her human rights activity.
“School 91 director Aziza Temirova honestly told me: write a complaint about me to the national SNB department, the city SNB department has got at me with their phone calls about your granddaughter,” she said.
Karina’s problems with enrolment in Tashkent started when she returned to Uzbekistan after studying two terms [half an academic year] in Ukraine.
According to Dovlatova, everything was fine in the beginning and Karina’s documents submitted to
|School 91 director Aziza Temirova honestly told me: write a complaint about me to the national SNB department, the city SNB department has got at me with their phone calls about your granddaughter"|
school 91 were accepted without any problem as back as in June.
On the second school day, 2 September, school director Temirova asked the girl not to come to school.
When the grandmother came to the school, the director told her that there had been “a call from above” asking to send the kid to form seven.
Dovlatova complained to the ministry of education where a deputy minister assistant said it was a right decision because the girl had not learnt the Uzbek language and the history of Uzbekistan for two terms in a row.
In response to a question as to why a Ukrainian school enlisted the girl though she had never studied the Ukrainian language or the history of Ukraine, the assistant promised to sort out this issue, but faultfinding with the girl continued.
“Now the school progress record was not completed in Ukraine, now it has to be registered in the Ukrainian embassy, now an inquiry needs to be sent to the Ukrainian school to confirm whether the girl studied there or not,” Dovlatova said.
Karina has been going to form 8 though they have regularly tried to downgrade her to form seven.
The crisis peaked one week prior to the end of the first term, on 24 October, when Temirova strictly ordered Karina to move to form seven.
“The granddaughter in tears said that she will no longer stand such humiliations and refused to go school,” Dovlatova said.
The same day, Dovlatova sent a complaint about the city SNB department to the national SNB office and repeated the complaint on 8 November, but there have been no changes yet.
Persecutions against Dovlatova started after her interview given to the Russian TV channel Rossiya 1 on 24 April 2011 in which the human rights activist told of the life of Tashkent’s pensioners. But the Uzbek government said her interview insulted the country’s people.
For this Dovlatova was sentenced to pay a total of 11 million sums (over $4,000 at the black market rate) in fines and compensation of moral damage.