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A rights group in Uzbekistan has reported that police have over the past week been raiding the homes of families known for their devout Islamic beliefs. Surat Ikramov, head of the Tashkent-based Initiative Group of Independent Human Rights Defenders...
After years of opposing hydropower projects in neighboring countries, Uzbekistan has sprung a surprise by revealing it plans to pursue one of its own. Sources at UzbekHydroEnergo, a company only recently created on the orders of President Shavkat...
Security services in Uzbekistan have arrested another journalist, Hayot Nasreddinov, sowing doubt about the seriousness of the government’s unspoken intent to expand media freedoms. Nasreddinov, 47, was arrested on October 20, but confirmation of...
The capital of Uzbekistan has for the first time in more than a decade begun ringing to the sound of the call to prayer. The last time the Kukcha mosque in Tashkent blared the summons over its loudspeakers was back in 2005. Karim Burkhanov, a...
The president of Uzbekistan has offered his government’s assistance in investigating a suspected terrorist attack in New York that US officials say was carried out by an Uzbek citizen. “Uzbekistan is prepared to provide all measures and means to...
Authorities in Uzbekistan have released a third jailed human rights activist in the space of a few weeks, seemingly signaling a new direction for political liberalization. Optimism should be tempered, however, in view of other more ominous...
A journalist detained in Uzbekistan last week has reportedly been charged with conspiring to topple the government, sowing fears that the ongoing reform agenda may be faltering. Bobomurod Abdullayev, 44, was taken into custody by agents with the...
Banks in Uzbekistan are still not selling foreign currency, despite promises from the government it would be possible from October 1. Authorities dealt a major blow to the black market currency trading business on September 5, when banks were given...
Police in the capital of Uzbekistan have confirmed the arrest of an alleged gangland figure who they say was aspiring to assume leadership of the city’s criminal community. A senior police representative informed journalists about the detention of...
An exiled dissident author who returned to Uzbekistan this week only to be arrested on arrival is facing charges of promoting extremism in his writings. Authorities are basing their case on a book by Nurullo Otakhonov published in 2016, Bu Kunlar (“...