Uzbekistan slipping backwards to earlier repression
Friday, May 7, 2021
As he heads towards a presidential election in October, specific recent developments and the general direction of travel indicate a desire to tighten rather than ease the government's grip. Repressive tactics have been deployed in response to the emergence of opposition and other independent groups, and to a recent piece of investigative journalism concerning Mirzioyev.
- COVID-19 lockdown restrictions have been tightened again and enforcement will provide a pretext for repression.
- Prosecutors' request for an eleven-year jail term for blogger Otabek Sattoriy exemplifies the misuse of criminal law.
- Foreign companies looking to benefit from cheap, non-unionised labour risk reputational damage.
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