Saturday 24 February 2024
February 21, 2024
Central Asia Cracks Down On Navalny Memorials
Security services in Central Asia have cracked down on people paying tribute to Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny. Mourners in Kazakhstan have been arrested and fined, while memorials outside Russian embassies in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have been removed.
February 21, 2024
Uzbekistan's Karakalpakstan Crackdown Gets A Helping Hand From Kazakhstan
Aqylbek Muratbai, a commentator on the rights crisis in Uzbekistan's autonomous region of Karakalpakstan, is in detention in Almaty after being arrested at Tashkent’s behest, charged with crimes against public order. His is the latest in a series of arrests of Kazakh-based activists from the region.
February 16, 2024
Almaty Court Orders Karakalpak Activist To Be Held For 40 Days
A court in Almaty has approved the detention of Karakalpak activist Aqylbek Muratov (aka Muratbai), known for his activities defending the rights of Karakalpaks living in Kazakhstan, for 40 days as he awaits a decision on his extradition by the Kazakh Prosecutor-General's Office.
February 15, 2024
Well-Known Kazakh-Based Karakalpak Activist Detained On Uzbek Request, Partner Says
A well-known Karakalpak activist has been detained by police at his home in Kazakhstan’s largest city Almaty, the activist's partner told RFE/RL on February 15, adding that Uzbekistan had issued the warrant for his arrest.
February 15, 2024
Russia Summons Uzbek Ambassador Over University Rector's Comments
Russia's Foreign Ministry said on February 14 that it summoned the Uzbek ambassador to Russia over a recent statement by Sherzod Qudratxoja, the rector of the University of Journalism in Tashkent, who called Uzbek citizens who speak Russian but do not know Uzbek "either occupiers or idiots."
February 13, 2024
Lengthy Prison Terms Sought For Uzbek Ex-Officials Over Child Deaths Blamed On Medicine Made In India
The prosecutor in a high-profile case concerning the deaths of 68 children in 2022, which were blamed on an Indian-made cough syrup that contained a toxic substance, is seeking lengthy prison terms for the head of the company that imported the medicine and three former officials.
February 08, 2024
Imprisoned Russian Rights Defender Reportedly Beaten In Custody
The wife of imprisoned Uzbek-born Russian rights defender Bakhrom Khamroyev was quoted by Mediazona as saying her husband was severely beaten in a detention center in the city of Vladimir last month after he demanded his rights be respected.
February 05, 2024
Kyrgyz Activist Extradited From Russia Detained In Disputed Uzbek Border Deal
Kyrgyz activist Kanykei Aranova, who was extradited from Moscow last week, has been placed in preliminary detention until March 22 as part of a case concerning protests against a Kyrgyz-Uzbek border deal that led to the arrests of 27 activists, politicians, and journalists.
February 04, 2024
Israel To Recruit Workers From Uzbekistan, India, Sri Lanka In Place Of Palestinians
Israel's government said on February 4 that it would bring in 65,000 foreign workers from Uzbekistan, India, and Sri Lanka to resume construction stalled since October 7 when Palestinian workers were sent home in the wake of the attack on Israel.
February 01, 2024
Karakalpak Students Face Threats, Arrest In Uzbekistan For Voicing Support For Anti-Government Protests
Young people in Karakalpakstan have been warned against voicing support for the protests that shook the region in 2022. Those who ignore the warnings have been arrested, fined, or expelled from university, activists say. At least one student claims police threatened him with death.