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Uzbekistan

17.05.2010

Uzbekistan's police, NSS secret police, Tax Inspectorate, Fire Brigade, and Sanitary-Epidemiological Service raided a Protestant church in the capital Tashkent during its Sunday morning worship service yesterday (16 May), Protestants who asked not to be identified for fear of state reprisals have told Forum 18 News Service. Eight members of the Church of Christ, a Russian-language registered church, were arrested including Assistant Pastor Artur Avanesyan. The trial of all eight has begun and is due to continue tomorrow (18 May).

14.05.2010

Uzbekistan has begun the trial of Hairulla Hamidov, a journalist arrested for Muslim religious activity, and 18 others, human rights defender Surat Ikramov has told Forum 18 News Service. The trial is being conducted in a building 30 km [19 miles] from the capital Tashkent, which is surrounded by roadblocks to bar access to close relatives, journalists and human rights defenders. Only a few of the defendants have lawyers appointed by their families. The rest have state-appointed lawyers, who will "do nothing to defend them" Ikramov insisted.

20.04.2010

Uzbek President Islam Karimov said Tuesday that the revolt in Kyrgyzstan would not be copied in his nation, which he has ruled with an iron fist for more than two decades.

Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was toppled this month in an uprising against his five-year rule that has raised fears of turmoil in Central Asia.

Karimov warned that the Kyrgyz revolt, just five years after Bakiyev led protests that ousted the country's first post-Soviet ruler, Askar Akayev, had created a dangerous precedent.

06.04.2010

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the depletion of the Aral Sea in Central Asia one of the planets most shocking disasters. “It is clearly one of the worst environmental disasters of the world… It really left with me a profound impression, one of sadness that such a mighty sea has disappeared,” Ban said in a UN News Centre statement after inspecting the area divided between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan from a helicopter.

31.03.2010

President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov received Vice Chairman of the Government of Russia Sergey Ivanov at Oqsaroy residence in Tashkent on 31 March.

Welcoming the guest, the head of the state once again expressed condolences to the leadership and the people of Russia on the death of the people as a result of terrorist acts in Moscow metro on 29 March.

Speaking about Uzbek-Russian relations, President of Uzbekistan said they had a stably high level in many areas.

24.03.2010

An increasing number of women in rural areas of Uzbekistan appear to be giving birth at home, due primarily to spreading concerns about forced sterilizations in hospitals, human rights experts say.

An Uzbek-based civil society activist, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says that Uzbek President Islam Karimov’s administration is attempting to implement a forced-sterilization program as a means to manage population growth. "[The practice] is on the Republican level," the activist contended. "It started in the beginning of 2009, and by the end of the year took on a massive character."

18.03.2010

On March 17, the appeal court of Tashkent considered the case of Umida Akhmedova, photographer and film maker. On February 10, 2010, Ms. Umida Ahmedova was found guilty by the Mirabad District Court in Tashkent of "slander" and "insult" of Uzbek people through documentaries and photos. However, after announcing the guilty verdict, the judge said the photographer would be "automatically pardoned under an amnesty, dedicated to 18th anniversary of Uzbekistan’s independence".

16.03.2010

After three days of pre-trial detention Azamat Yakubov, the activist from the Navbakhor village, located 9 kilometers away from Parkent – the district center in the Tashkent Oblast of Uzbekistan - was released. While his detention the mass protests took place in Parkent and Navbakhor. The meeting participants, about 100 people, demanded to immediately free Yakubov.

10.03.2010

The authorities in Uzbekistan launched the campaign with the purpose to get rid of the oligarchs, Tashkent-based uncensored Uzmetronom analytical website reports.

04.03.2010

German Lufthansa resumes the flights between Germany and Uzbekistan after nine-year break, Deutsche Welle reports. On March 28 the carrier company is launching new flights, including such destinations as Miami, Teheran and Tashkent.

The Munich-Tashkent flight will be offered three times a week: on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 8.30 pm. Tashkent-Munich flights will be carried by Boeing 737-800 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, arriving in Munich at 10pm. The average flight duration is about 6 hours.