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Uzbeks returning from Norway tortured, bashed on TV and convicted for extremism

Uzbeks returning from Norway tortured, bashed on TV and convicted for extremism

26.12.2014 15:00 msk Analytics Human Rights Migration Central Asia Uzbekistan

Two days ago, several more innocent people were convicted for alleged anti-state activities and religious extremism in Uzbekistan. It is a very sad recurring event in this Central Asian country. Human rights activists almost daily toll the bells on torture in pretrial detention facilities and unfair courts. However, this particular case is no routine. The only “crime” the convicts in question committed was obtaining asylum in Norway. Some have only lived and worked there for some time.

IT break, or Why Migrants Need Internet

IT break, or Why Migrants Need Internet

19.01.2014 11:15 msk Human Rights Migration Internet Russia Uzbekistan

The Sankt-Peterburg Center for Independent Sociological Research issued a report on communicative strategies and information resources, which Uzbek migrants in Russia mostly use. The report is entitled “Uzbek Migrants in Russia: Information Space and Social Communications” and is based on a research held between August 2011 and February 2012. The research in question was held in three Russian cities—Sankt-Peterburg, Pskov, and Kazan, and in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. A total of 46 migrants were interviewed (13 in Kazan, 12 in Pskov, nine in Sankt-Peterburg, and 12 in Samarkand) and editors of three mass media outlets targeting migrants from Central Asia were interviewed.

Birdamlik Opposition Movement allocates $16K to initiate “velvet revolution” in Uzbekistan

Birdamlik Opposition Movement allocates $16K to initiate “velvet revolution” in Uzbekistan

04.09.2013 15:16 msk Human Rights Politics Migration Uzbekistan

«The Birdamlik Popular Democratic Movement urges you, esteemed Uzbek citizens living in Uzbekistan and abroad, to [join] a struggle for social justices and supremacy of law for the sake of humans’ financial wellbeing, of real life and the bright days to come». Bakhodir Choriyev, an Uzbek oppositionist living in the USA, chose these words to begin his appeal, which he and his activists circulated late last week. This is, therefore, the declaration of the first phase of a so-called “color revolution,” which the movement, known for the protests it hosted in Uzbekistan and the USA, dubbed “OSh” or Ommaviy Shodlik (Mass Jubilee.)

Nadejda Atayeva: Seven-year imprisonment sentence and property confiscation for human rights activism

Nadejda Atayeva: Seven-year imprisonment sentence and property confiscation for human rights activism

29.08.2013 08:45 msk Analytics Human Rights Business Politics Migration Interview Uzbekistan

On 22 Jul 2013, head of the France-based Human Rights in Central Asia Association announced on her Facebook page: “On 19 July 2013, the Tashkent City Criminal Court sentenced me, in absentia, to seven years in prison and to confiscate my property. The trial took place without my lawyer or myself. I was accused of embezzling entrusted property. The testimony of 69 witnesses, who had also been convicted and who had worked for my father, established my guilt. No expert’s conclusion on the amount of damages was made available. This decision of the Uzbek “justice” was preceded by online and e-mail threats, provocations and numerous extradition requests. Well, we live on!”

Uzbekistan: Want to marry? See a doctor!

Uzbekistan: Want to marry? See a doctor!

25.07.2013 22:16 msk Human Rights Migration Russia Uzbekistan

As is well known, young and able-bodied men from Uzbekistan travel to Russia seeking employment en mass every year. Their absence in the country has somewhat impacted ceremonies of one of the most traditional Uzbek rituals—weddings. For example, for the last several years, young couples willing to join hands and hearts are obliged to pass a thorough medical examination: an HIV test, an examination by a psychiatrist, a drug test, and get a chest X-Ray. If in 2009 and since, many chose to simply bribe doctors for “good results” in order to quickly register the marriage, nowadays, many brides and grooms are serious about these issues and treat a medical examination as an insurance against potential future problems. Brides’ relatives are especially prone to insisting on a medical test of future grooms.

Islam Karimov: Far from reality

Islam Karimov: Far from reality

24.06.2013 23:35 msk Analytics Business Politics Migration Interview Russia Uzbekistan

Uzbek President Islam Karimov called the Uzbek labor migrants engaged in sweeping streets in Moscow “lazybones” and “street beggars.” Perhaps, President Karimov’s words were addressed for the local audience, for “local consumption” so to speak. The online media outlets in Uzbekistan appeared embarrassed for their leader’s harsh and strange claims having decided not to reprint his statements. The part about “lazybones” would not have made its way into the “foreign consumption” copy of the interview if not for vigilant foreign news agencies.

Catherine Fitzpatrick: Uzbek nation entitled to all rights as others, but not right to extremism

Catherine Fitzpatrick: Uzbek nation entitled to all rights as others, but not right to extremism

31.05.2013 00:26 msk Human Rights Politics Religious life Migration Interview Central Asia Uzbekistan

The US-based independent expert on Eurasia and Russian translator Catherine Ann Fitzpatrick answered Fergana editor-in-chief's questions. The interview was on the recent arrest of another former Uzbek citizen in the United States, Fazliddin Kurbanov. The expert is certain that there were most serious justifications for Kurbanov's arrest and there can be no excuse for terrorism and extremism. Catherine also believes that the several isolated incidences of arrests of Uzbek nationals is not a reason to speak of trends at all.

Fazliddin Kurbanov’s case, or How President Islam Karimov’s opponents are persecuted in the USA

Fazliddin Kurbanov’s case, or How President Islam Karimov’s opponents are persecuted in the USA

28.05.2013 09:22 msk Analytics Human Rights Politics Migration Uzbekistan

Fazliddin Kurbanov, an Uzbekistani immigrant in the USA was detained for alleged support of terrorism. Is Kurbanov’s case a typical one or something extraordinary? Can one speak of tendencies? Why do refugees, seeking refuge from persecutions in the freest country in the world, wind up under the authorities’ watchful eye? Are the charges pressed against them serious? If they are, what makes them take the criminal path? Who are these people? Terrorists, freedom fighters or victims of special services back home? Sadly, there are no full answers to these questions?

Kyrgyzstan’s “own” aliens from abroad

Kyrgyzstan’s “own” aliens from abroad

12.02.2013 10:56 msk Migration Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan

The tragic events of June 2010 in Southern Kyrgyzstan impacted not only the lives of those involved, but also of those abroad. Ethnic Kyrgyz citizens of Uzbekistan moved to Kyrgyzstan. The major reason is discrimination on part of Uzbeks and fear. However, having “returned” to their historical motherland, these people are facing numerous difficulties, although relevant laws grant them the “Kayrylman” [Returnee] status and guarantees social services. The law on “State guarantees for ethnic Kyrgyz” defines Kayrylman as “an ethnic Kyrgyz, a citizen of another country or a stateless person, who voluntarily returns to the historical motherland and obtains the Kayrylman status, which is a temporary legal status maintained by the bearer until obtaining the citizenship of Kyrgyzstan.”

Glimpse at misery Turkmen illegals face in Turkey

Glimpse at misery Turkmen illegals face in Turkey

17.01.2013 11:40 msk Migration Turkey, Republic of

According to the Haberler.com Turkish news portal, a woman from Turkmenistan, Ms. Mehriban Gurbanova, was killed during a family skirmish with her 27-year old husband from Ukraine on 13 January 2013; three more women from Turkmenistan suffered injures. According to local police, the man came to demand the debt one of the women owed him; having faced resistance, he used a knife. Another three Turkmen female citizens were poisoned at a New Year party having consumed poor quality alcohol, which killed them. One of the women died in a hospital after five days, still unconscious. Everyone at the party was in Turkey illegally. The deceased woman’s body was delivered to her native town of Mary, Turkmenistan, and her husband was deported. The person who brought the alcoholic beverage was identified – he is in hospital treated for alcohol poisoning…

Uzbekistan: Jamshid Mukhtorov arrested in the USA and a former police officer from Uzbekistan used to be friends

Uzbekistan: Jamshid Mukhtorov arrested in the USA and a former police officer from Uzbekistan used to be friends

24.02.2012 21:57 msk Migration Uzbekistan

In the course of the journalist investigation of the case of Jamshid Mukhtorov, arrested in the U.S upon terrorist charges, Fergana learned of another refugee from Uzbekistan, formerly a high ranking police officer in Jizak, who had been granted political asylum in the United States at about the same time as Jamshid. This phenomenon has been discovered some time ago. Back in 2007, a famous human right defender Talib Yakubov wrote the following in his article: “Both persecuted and persecutors flee from Uzbekistan. A high ranking police officer Zoir Sharipov, formerly in charge of the counterterrorism activities in the Jizak regional department of police, responsible for torturing dozens if not hundreds of people, has successfully settled down in New York as a result of events in Andizhan. It’ a mystery how he managed to enter the United States and obtain the political asylum”.

US think tanks are interested in the migration processes in Russia and religious situation among migrants

US think tanks are interested in the migration processes in Russia and religious situation among migrants

03.09.2010 10:40 msk Migration Russia

US think tanks, specifically, the Kennan Institute and Center for Strategic and International Studies, explore various aspects of labor migration in Russia. In order to collect preliminary information about migration flows, statistics and opinions of Russian experts the research teams visited the number of big Russian cities, including Yekaterinburg. Ferghana.Ru correspondent met the scholars and learned about the migration aspects, interesting for American researchers.

Tajikistan: Irrecoverable Losses

Tajikistan: Irrecoverable Losses

15.07.2009 15:19 msk Migration Tajikistan

Bodies of 65 labor immigrants were returned to Tajikistan from Russia in caskets in the first five months of 2009. in caskets The Death rate among the Tajiks seeking employment in Russia remains more or less unchanged year after year. Some of them die of natural causes, of course, but very many are murdered. Here is a story of three sisters who died in the Russian city of Surgut and of how immigration is unstoppable.

Uzbek Gastarbeiters learn new trades in the United States

Uzbek Gastarbeiters learn new trades in the United States

20.05.2009 12:13 msk Migration Uzbekistan

Uzbek intelligentsia found itself in a definitely bizarre, if not outright paradoxical, situation. Well-educated, smart, and talented as they are, these people are compelled to seek employment abroad where they end up doing backbreaking and low-paid menial labor more often than not. As a matter of fact, the necessity to seek employment abroad is in itself something paradoxical for the wealthy Uzbekistan. It is a lot of both workers and intelligentsia.

Russia: New web site for Gastarbeiters from Kyrgyzstan presented in Moscow

Russia: New web site for Gastarbeiters from Kyrgyzstan presented in Moscow

01.12.2008 17:36 msk Migration Russia

KGinfo.ru was presented in Moscow as a web site for labor immigrants from Kyrgyzstan. Authors of the project believe that information posted on the web site will make adaptation in Russia easier. Contacts with labor immigrants as the target group is one of the main problems of the web site organizers. According to Egemberdiyev, Kyrgyz media outlets promised help with promotion of the web site. This correspondent was repeatedly told at the presentation ceremony that families of the Gastarbeiters working in Russia will be able to communicate with "their" relatives via the web site from "any Internet-cafe in Kyrgyzstan."

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