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Although they should be representatives of the people, members of parliament in Uzbekistan are all but invisible and anonymous to most of the public. Speaking at a government meeting last week, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev suggested a way to end...
Uzbekistan’s government-loyal polling company Izhtimoy Fikr has long been a channel for suspiciously on-message feedback about public sentiment, so it was a surprise this week to see it producing a survey appearing to document deep unhappiness about...
Uzbekistan has after a long pause broken its silence on Tajikistan’s plan to build a giant hydropower dam long resisted by Tashkent.   Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Komilov was pushed off the fence on July 5 in a likely carefully choreographed...
In possibly its boldest gesture toward openness in years, Uzbekistan has announced that it is open to resuming cooperation with New York-based Human Rights Watch. And in a separate development, the BBC’s Uzbek service has advertised a position for a...
Uzbekistan’s nomenklatura has long had a musty Soviet whiff about it, so the naming of a 22-year old as Deputy Education Minister breaks the mold in decisive fashion. Even though Alisher Sadullayev’s appointment has been described as experimental,...
A international delegation of representatives from the Jehovah’s Witness traveled to Uzbekistan in a unprecedented visit for a meeting with officials with the state religions agency.  As reported by the government’s own website, the delegation...
The president of Uzbekistan bust another taboo this week with a visit to a psychiatric clinic in Tashkent that has at times been used to incarcerate activists and journalists. The secretive facility is regularly mentioned in the reports of local and...
As of July 1, singers in Uzbekistan will need to get permission from the state-run performers’ regulator before they are allowed to post their videos on YouTube. Anybody found in violation of the rule could face losing their lucrative performing...
The mother of a businessman in southern Uzbekistan allegedly killed while in police custody was granted an unlikely audience with the president, only to reportedly be prevented this week from leaving her hometown by the local police. Murodillo...
The death of a young college student earlier this month has shocked Uzbekistan into greater awareness about the scale of bullying in the nation’s schools and energized the agenda for comprehensive reforms to the education system. Zhasur Ibragimov...