25.3.15

In Uzbekistan there are no conditions for fair presidential election

On 29 March 2015 presidential elections will take place in Uzbekistan

There are 4 nominated candidates:
Islam Karimov, current leader of Uzbekistan, is put forward by the Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan. Previously, Karimov was nominated for the presidency in 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2007. His term was extended by referendum twice (in 2002 and 2007)
Khatamjon Ketmonov is a candidate put forward by the National Democratic Party of Uzbekistan and the chairman of the Central Council of the Party.
            — Narimon Umarov is a candidate put forward by the Social Democratic Party «Adolat» (Justice), chairman of the Council and Executive Committee of the Party.
            — Akmal Saidov is a candidate nominated by the «Milliy Tiklanish» (National Revival) Democratic Party of Uzbekistan, a member of fraction of the party in the Parliament, chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Democratic Institutions, Non-government Organisations and Self-government Bodies. In 2007 elections, he was one of the candidates to run for the office of president.

The project Art and Human Rights
Association for Human Rights
in Centrale Asie
Association for Human Rights in Central Asia about results of observation of the election campaign

All candidates were approved prior, to their nomination, by the presidential administration. Among them there is no representative of the opposition. Citizens learn about candidates only from the government media and posters distributed by the Central Election Commission. Meetings of candidates with voters are held in conditions of limited freedom of speech. Criticism of the authorities and asking "uncomfortable" questions are prohibited. Only laudatory rhetoric is allowed. Uzbek media does not even attempt to evaluate the candidates publicly. Islam Karimov has a privileged position. As president, he uses public events for his campaign. This also applies to the opening of new businesses, and the last amnesty of prisoners.

No signs of the activity of the population. Access to opposition web sites is very limited, among other things, due to blocking and DDoS-attacks. Opinion of citizens living abroad is almost unknown to the population living in the country. All segments of the population are under total control, that is why there are so few independent-minded citizens, and they do not affect the election campaign.

Karimov has once again demonstrated the ability to exploit the conflicting provisions of national legislation, including the Constitution. The second term of Islam Karimov as president illegally lasted from January 2000 to January 2007 - eight years instead of seven, as provided by the then wording of Article 90 of the Constitution of Uzbekistan. (In 2011, the wording in the Constitutionwas amended: the presidential term was reduced to 5 years.) In 2008 Karimov took the office of president for the third term, despite the fact that Article 90 says «A person may not be elected to the office of Presidentof the Republic of Uzbekistan for more than two consecutive terms». Thus, the rule of Islam Karimov after January 2007 to the present time is unconstitutional.

The Constitution of Uzbekistan does not provide for the impeachment of the president, so even in theory, Islam Karimov cannot be removed from power. Most of the population realises that he remained in power illegally. "I am one of those who comes under criticism for a long tenure. They criticise me, but I do not stop. The more they criticise me, the more I want to continue working. What's wrong with that?"- flirts Islam Karimov.

He does not offer any explanation to his voters about his attitude towards the criminal activities of his eldest daughter Gulnara Karimova, against whom criminal cases are pending in France, Switzerland, Sweden and Uzbekistan. Issues related to the corrupt activities of members of Islam Karimov’s family are never discussed.

All other candidates praise their main competitor Karimov. This suggests that they deliberately went to participate in the formalistic elections. Refusing to play this humiliating role would be dangerous for them.

Absolute majority of the eligible population in Uzbekistan do not intend to go to the polls, unless it is made compulsory, because it is clear that the current elections do not mean anything or change anything.

Association for Human Rights in Central Asia draw your attention to violations fundamental human rights in Uzbekistan:

1) Numerous human rights activists and journalists remain in prison, including in particular those who supported in 2005 the EU demands for an independent international inquiry into the Andijan massacre, witnesses of the Andijan events, critics of the regime systematically prohibited from leaving the country, defenders of labour rights, journalists specializing on topics like Islam, and religious groups and communities, persons with disabilities and in need of medical care and persons who remain in prison despite being over 60 years old. It is worth noting that prisoners having previously worked for the government or international organisations are exposed to special discrimination.
All of them were sentenced to imprisonment on trumped-up charges of serious crimes. Formally, they were accused of the infringement on the constitutional order of the state, on the system of bodies of state power and administration. And this accusation arose in response to the open expression of opinions, for their cooperation with international organisations and the media.
              2) Situation in detention facilities of Uzbekistan. Many prisoners in Uzbekistan are physically ill; diseases such as tuberculosis, hepatitis, anemia and HIV/AIDS are very common. There is not enough drinking water and food. Heating and ventilation are in need of repair. We receive many reports about limited access to medical care, even for severely disabled people and elderly persons. It is a known fact that even ill people are involved in heavy work. Access to detention facilities for independent observers is nonexistent, including UN Special Rapporteur on torture. In conclusion, Uzbekistan does not comply with Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, detention conditions of prisoners are comparable to torture.
            3) Necessity of restoration of the mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Uzbekistan. The program of visitation to detainees and prisoners was terminated in March 2013 due to Uzbek government’s interference in operating standard procedures of the organisation. According to our sources, the mortality rate in prisons dramatically increases due to disease that are caused by deplorable confinement conditions and limited access to medical care.

            4) Extended prison sentence. The practice of multi-year extensions of sentences to human rights activists, journalists, members of political opposition and thousands of religious prisoners became a standard practice. Uzbekistan’s Criminal Code provides for the offense of “disobedience to legitimate orders of the administration of institution of execution of penalty” (Article 221), often referred to as “violations of prison rules”, on which authorities base the extensions of prisoners' sentences. This unlawful practice leads to life long prison terms.

Extension of sentences actually leads to life imprisonment, take for example the following case: Murad Juraev (born in 1952), he was given five convictions in a row which totals to 21 years of imprisonment; Muhammed Bekzhanov (born in 1954), he was given two convictions in a row totalling to 16 years of imprisonment; Isroil Kholdarov (born 1951), he has group 2 disability, he was given two convictions in a row totalling to 9 years, and there are others.

5)   Практика преследования активистов гражданского общества. Продолжается преследование, в том числе уголовное, инакомыслящих и критиков властей, общественных активистов, оппозиционеров, независимых журналистов, представителей различных религиозных групп, правозащитников, деятелей искусства и членов семей неугодных властям лиц. В Узбекистане за решеткой находятся около 12 тысяч человек, осужденных за принадлежность к религиозным группам, и 40 активистов гражданского общества, журналистов и правозащитников. За последние 10 лет репрессиям подверглись 487 активистов гражданского общества. Recently, critics of the regime are systematically prohibited from leaving the country: the artist Vyacheslav Akhunov, human rights defenders Elena Urlaeva, Uktam Pardayev, Adeline Kim, Shukhrat Rustamov and others are among affected. The practice of forced psychiatric treatment of critics of the regime is resumed, a human rights activist Ali Quli Sarymsakov is among them. There are cases of secretly placing members of the Karakalpak opposition in psychiatric hospitals, these are the individuals putting forward the idea of ​​ secession of Karakalpakstan from Uzbekistan. Women political prisoners are subjected to sexual violence during their detention and stay in a psychiatric clinic in Turtkul.

            6) Forced labour system of cotton production remains fundamentally unchanged. In 2014, as in previous years, the government used coercive means to ensure that farmers met state quotas for cotton production and to systematically mobilise millions of people to pick cotton throughout the country. Where people were unable or did not want to harvest cotton the government forced them to pay to hire replacement workers. In the culmination of changes that began two years ago, the government did not mobilise en masse children to harvest cotton in 2014. It failed, however, to end the use of child labor in cotton production as in some regions local authorities forcibly mobilised children, particularly in the later weeks of the harvest, in order to meet quotas assigned by the central government. The forced labour system violates international labour conventions and national law. It also drives farmers into debt – leading many to emigrate (over 25% of the Uzbek population works as labor migrants in Russia and Kazakhstan), and some to commit suicide (including Habibullo Egamberdiev on October 17, 2014); deprives citizens of full access to health-care and education during the cotton harvest. The forced labour system also led to 15 deaths in 2014. The estimated $1 billion annual income from cotton disappears into the Selkhozfond, a secret fund in the Finance Ministry to which only the highest level government officials have access.

              7) Closing the office of the HRW. In 2007 the Tashkent office of Human Rights Watch that had operated in Uzbekistan for 15 years was closed. This organisation has earned a special trust among the people of the country. It was banned for its principled assessment of human rights situation in Uzbekistan and tragic events in Andijan in 2005. One of the conditions for lifting the EU sanctions applied against Uzbekistan was the resumption of the activities of HRW in the country. Uzbekistan has not complied with this condition.

            8) The case against the «Traitor of the Motherland». Also, citizens of Uzbekistan who were deported from the countries where they claimed asylum are subjected to repression on their forced return to Uzbekistan. They are labelled as the traitors, tortured and imprisoned for up to 13 years; according to data available to us, the case against the “traitors” has subjected about 70 people to prosecution in Uzbekistan.

            9) On the continuing practice of persecution of civil society activists and other objectionable individuals by the government officials. Harassment, including criminal persecution of dissidents and critics of the authorities, civil society activists, members of the opposition, independent journalists, representatives of various religious groups, human rights activists and their family members by the authorities continues. In Uzbekistan, there are about 10 thousand people convicted for belonging to a religious group. 40 civil society activists, journalists and human rights defenders are in prison. Over the past 10 years 487 civil society activists were subjected to repression. In recent years, critics of the regime are systematically prohibited from leaving the country;
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The dictatorship of Islam Karimov has created a lack of social justice, the backwardness of the economy, widespread poverty, and, as a consequence, the radicalisation of Islamic organisations and movements. The US and EU countries are paying less and less attention to the violation of fundamental human rights and freedoms in Uzbekistan and continue to cooperate with the Karimov regime. We call upon the democratic community to revise the terms of dialogue on human rights in Uzbekistan and promote:

— Ensuring enforcement of the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture;

Granting of access to the UN Special Rapporteur on 11 mechanisms of the UN, including the Special Rapporteur on torture;

Creation of conditions for the conduct of functions of the International Committee of the Red Cross mission in prisons;

 — Granting accreditation to HRW and its employees and to creation of conditions supporting the monitoring of human rights in Uzbekistan;

Abolition of the practice of arbitrary extension of terms of imprisonment for minor offences or "violation of internal regulations" under Article 221 of the Criminal Code "disobedience to legitimate orders of administration of institution of execution of penalty";

Removal of restrictions on leaving the country by the civil society activists who openly express their opinions;

Compliance with International Labour Organization Convention No. 105 on the Prohibition of Forced Labour and Convention No. 182 on the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour by enforcing national laws prohibiting forced labor and child labour;

—  The ILO’s unfettered access to conduct a survey of the application of ILO Convention No. 105 on the Abolition of Forced Labor and for ILO monitors to monitor Convention No. 105 throughout the 2015 with the participation of the International Organisation of Employers, International Trade Union Confederation, International Union of Foodworkers and local independent civil society activists and groups;

 — Ratification and implementation of ILO Convention No. 87 on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize so farmers and farmworkers can form independent organizations to represent their interests, speak out when abuses such as forced labor occur, and negotiate for better working conditions;



6.3.15

Turkey: Leader of the Tajik opposition Umarali Kuvatov murdered in Istanbul

On 5 March 2015, at 22:30 by Istanbul time, in the Simsar Street of the Molla Guraniy community of the Fatih district, leader of the opposition organisation “Group 24” of Tajikistan, Umarali Kuvatov was murdered by shots at close range.

Umarali Kuvatov
Umarali Izatovich Kuvatov, was born on 21 November 1968 in the city of Dushanbe. He was a citizen of Tajikistan He was married and had children. He was an entrepreneur.
From 2001 to 2012 U. Kuvatov in cooperation with Shamsullo Sokhibov, the son-in-law of the President Imomali Rakhmon worked on shipment of fuel to the NATO base in Afghanistan. As a result of a conflict with Sokhibov, he had to leave the country and became a member of the opposition.
In 2012 Kuvatov became a leader of the «Group 24» movement, which campaigns for stopping the President of Tajikistan. In 2014 the authorities of Tajikistan declared the “Group 24” an “extremist organisation”.
Since July 2014, Kuvatov was living in Turkey as an asylum seeker under mandate of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

On 19 December 2014 he was arrested by Turkish secret service, following a call from an
March 5, 2015

unidentified caller. On 3 February 2015 he was released in accordance with the decision of an administrative court on a condition that he had to leave Turkey in one month’s time. Not long before the tragedy, Umarali Kuvatov was granted a temporary permission to stay in Turkey legally.

For the last three years, Kuvatov received regular threats and noticed surveillance around him of the Tajik looking individuals. The Turkish authorities did not take his reports seriously enough. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees considered his case quite formalistically.

Umarali Kuvatov was an active political leader and was courageous in his criticism of corruption Tajik government is mired in and the repression it exercises.

The Association for Human Rights in Central Asia expresses condolences to Umarali Kuvatov’s family and his loved ones.

We cherish his memory.



Our previous publications on this matter:
        – Press Release «Turkey: the leader of «Goup 24» Umarali Kuvatov is detained» dated 20 December 2014;
        – Press Release  «Turkey: the leader of «Group 24» Umarali Kuvatov faces a threat of extradition» dated 13 January 2015;

19.2.15

Uzbekistan: Nazim Djumayev – the executioner №1

In December 2014 Nazim Djumayev was arrested – he is notorious as the “Executioner№1”. His whereabouts are kept in strict secret.  

The Association for Human Rights in Central Asia presents the information about a very dangerous criminal. He commits grave criminal acts under the protection offered by high ranking officials of the law enforcement agencies of Uzbekistan. All information about this individual is classified and is absent from publicly available sources.

The information about Nazim Djumayev presented in this report is based on encounters of victims of human rights abuses:
- former prisoners;
- family members of the victims;
- businessmen from whom he extorted money and whose property he appropriated.
Nazim Djumayev
from the archive of the Association 
for Human Rights in Central Asia

Name: Nazim Djumayev (among the criminals he is known as Nazim Bukharskiy (in translation of Bukhara), prisoners know him as the executioner №1)

Age: about 50 years old.

Appearance: tall, according to eye witnesses he is about 180 centimetres, of athletic body type. His gaze is puckish, usually behaves rudely. He is capable of murdering a person for any reason.

Place of birth: He grew up in Bukhara. According to one source he was born in Chardzhou (Turkmenistan), according to another in Bukhara (Uzbekistan).

Marital status: married, has children.

Convictions: He was convicted three time of grave offences — murder, extortion, assault related to robbery. He served time in different prison colonies (approximately between 1994 and 2002).

Cooperation with the secret services: starting from the time of his first term of imprisonment (1990s) Nazim Djumayev cooperated with the administration of the prison colony. Among the prisoners he is known as "lohmach" (a person actively cooperating with the administration of corrective labour institution) and the executioner №1. His cruelty and unscrupulousness attracted special attention of the SNB [National Security Services] operatives. His victims are entrepreneurs whose capital attracts the attention of high-ranking officials or daughters of Islam Karimov. He and members of his criminal group force many entrepreneurs to give up their property for the benefit of third parties under the threat of reprisals against relatives or sexual abuse. In Uzbekistan, the investigation of this type of crime is almost non-existent, in many cases the victim are found guilty.

"Golubiye Kupola" (Blue Domb)
commercial enterprise in city of Bukhara,
obtained by Nazim Dzhumayev by racketeering
Djumayev also deals with imprisoned entrepreneurs on the instructions of their competitors. In addition, he commits crimes against prisoners convicted for their religious beliefs, and opponents of the Karimov regime.

Close ties with the Karimov government allow him to open the door of almost any prison cell of any colony of the Main Directorate of Corrections. Djumayev frequently visits Prison No.64/21 in Bekabad, he has unhindered access to the "Jaslyq" prison. He also has access to the Tashkent Prison. For him, just to kill a man, or inflicting grievous bodily harm or committing sexual violence against an individual is simple. There is evidence that Djumayev bangs his victim’s head against the walls of the cell until he loses consciousness, and then kicks in the kidneys and liver, causing unrecoverable damage to the health of the victim.

For a long time, the brothers Hayot and Djavdat Sharifhodjaevs were his protectors.

Informative note:
  • Hayot SHARIFHODJAEV still holds the position of Deputy Chairman of the National Security Service (SNB) in the rank of General.
  • Djavdat SHARIFHODJAEV, former head of the Office for Combating Corruption and Organised Crime, Colonel of SNB. He is accused of illegal business activities, corruption and embezzlement of public funds. At the end of 2014, at a closed hearing of the Military Court of Uzbekistan, Djavdat Sharifhodjaev was sentenced to 4 years of imprisonment. He is serving his sentence in a penal institution of strict regime for former employees of security structures No.64/21, in Bekabad district of the Tashkent region.
For some time, the executioner Nazim Djumayev was under the protection of the eldest daughter of the dictator Islam Karimov, Gulnara Karimova, through the head of the company "Zeromax", Miradil S. Djalalov. Nazim Djumayev and Miradil S. Djalalov are old friends; they served their sentences in the same cell.

Nazim Djumayev has not recently travelled beyond Central Asia and the CIS under his own name. Not so long ago he was in Urumqi (China) on the business of the company called "Abu Sahiy", headed by Timur Tillaev, husband of the youngest daughter of Islam Karimov, Lola Karimova. He often visited the Russian oligarchs of Bukhara origin in Russia and Kazakhstan.

Only publicity and public control can stop crimes committed by Nazim Djumayev and those who protect him.



18.2.15

Documentary entitled “Vatangado” (Rejected by the Motherland)

We present the translation of the documentary entitled “Rejected by the Motherland” broadcasted via “Uzbekistan” TV channel two years ago. This film shows the attitude of the Karimov regime to political refugees. Following the deportation order against a group of the Uzbek citizens from Norway in 2014, this film became very relevant. The film helps to understand why Uzbek authorities use lies against those who seek international humanitarian protection and why they are portrayed as “traitors of the Motherland”; why those who communicate with the “traitors” are imprisoned and the family members of are forced to give evidence against their loved ones who criticise the regime. 
Film "VATANGADO" (translates as Rejected by the Motherland)
When talking about present day of Uzbekistan, development of a secular state, largest economic projects by new production capacity and incomparable creativeness present themselves before one’s eyes. Such large-scale cooperation merits unparalleled political significance, since any company or financial institution, if included in any project, first brings thoughts about its perspectives in the future and the firm belief in the future. This is a recognition that we are on the right path. In fact, when the whole world and even the most developed countries are swallowed by the economic crisis and the worsening of their financial and economic situation, the growth rate of the economy of Uzbekistan, for several years now, is as high as 8% and it is the highest growth rate in the world. If you look carefully, in recent years, our government has been hosting large scale international forums in the fields of economics, finance, education, medicine, and other fields. This demonstrates, once again, that we have carried out extensive work in these areas and they are recognised by the world community.

However, it is wrong to think that all these huge changes and developments taking place in our country, bring pleasure and delight to everyone’s eyes.

There are some evil-eyed people who hate our successes and are ready at any moment to destroy our calm and peaceful life. Unfortunately, there are such dark forces, people with villainous intentions, a group of people hiding behind the faith groups, political purposes, which ignore all creative activities taking place in Uzbekistan.

At the same time, without any specific strategic plans, or certainty of beliefs and goals, based on their own understanding and scattered, individual reflection, they ultimately try to put forward ideas that lead to the decline and degradation, which in essence is a terror. To this end, if necessary, they do not shy away from spilling blood, organising terror, poisoning brain washing, going against the people, against their parents; dissemination of all sorts of wrong and untrue statement become the main instrument in the exercise of their vulgar ideas and plans.
On the screen: «So do not weaken and do not grieve, and you will be superior if you are [true] believers» (Surat 'Ali `Imran [139] - the Noble Qur'an)
Those day labourers and hired-labourers escape their homeland in order to betray it and wander in foreign countries, soaking up the side of those countries and forces that have ulterior motives in our regions, turn into their instrument, pour water in their mills. Inspired by these forces, they actively lead group which operate in interests of these wanderers, trying to combine the traitours goals, they put forward the idea of quarrelsome and sow discord. These groups consist of criminals, disguised under the guise of political and religious ideas, they set themselves the ultimate goal - the conquest of power by the analysis of the socio-political situation of the country and implementation of hostile ideas which create an unhealthy environment with the help of people who have committed crimes and flee abroad.

What type of people claim leadership and who joined this movement? When we introduce clarity on this issue, then we will have a clear idea about the real purpose of these crowds and flocks.

Take, for example, Muhammdsolikh Matyakubovich Adutov. He was born on 27 May 1969 in the Turtkul District of the Republic of Karakalpakistan. Between 1990 and1995 he came under influence of “Jihad” teachings. In 1996, he was sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment on several criminal charges. Following his release, he initially moved to Kazakhstan, then to the Russian Federation, and finally to Europe, where, in Sweden he claimed and was granted asylum.

Who is Muhammadsolikh Abutov? Why was he sentenced and why does he live abroad, what does he do there? Who is in realty this character? This can be elicited from his personality, the crimes he carried out, moral of his behaviour and other indicators, because while abroad, he manages those who consider themselves opponents.

Jumaboy Matyakubov (Chief Imam-Khatib of the Beruniy District): «He did not study well, tried to enrol in higher education, but could not. He was rejected first by the Msocow, then the Leningrad and later the Tashkent Universities. Unlucky Muhammadsolikh in 1990-91 was educated in little chambers of illegal madrassas. In the process of this training, his mind was poisoned by corrupt political ideas. In general, he turns into a completely different person, with changing beliefs, behaviour and ideology».

Saidkamol Abutov, (prisoner, Muhammadsalikh Abutov’s brother): «When I arrived, my father's words were not really true, what we have been taught, was also not correct. In fact, religion is different thing, we have to live by Islamic law, his thoughts and views changed. When I left, he was not this kind of person, he was a normal person. At the time, there was his temper, easily excitability, some peculiar requirements, simply, he had different views.

Muhammadsolikh returned home with such changes; he began to spread and infiltrate the idea he learned from his mentors among relatives, peers, even to the chief imam khatib of the area mosque. Muhammadsolikh armed himself with inhuman ideas that to achieve one’s goals, as well as any other dogma, one can resort to any immorality and promiscuity, and in this way one can be justified to betray his parents and relatives.

Jumaboy Matyakubov (Chief Imam-Khatib of the Beruniy District): “Salikh had an uncle, who approached me saying, «Master, please, give instruction to my nephew, because of his behaviour we can no longer live among the people. We went to see him; he sat alone in the mosque, which was built by Alamlihuzha. After greetings his brother said - Hey brother, why cannot you walk straight and honest path that our fathers and grandfathers followed. Because of your behaviour we are ashamed to walk with your head held upright. He suddenly said in a rude tone, - I did not call you here, and do not need your advice, do not teach me wits, get up and walk away from here.

Then I replied to him, - Hey, brother I do not think this is the right response, why are you so rude? Do you thing the way you are behaving is right? Both of your parents are elderly and your father is sick. Should you not get a job, earn your living and help your parents and children as a pious Muslim. Should you not be ashamed of sitting here and waiting for someone to bring you a couple of pieces of bread and go hungry if no one brings them? Then, the man replied to me that he does not have such parents. I asked why he claims not to have parents, did they not bring him to this world? He replied, - they brought me to this world but I do not consider them to be my parents because they are not Muslims, they are mushrik, they are infidels”.

VATANGADO (Rejected by theMotherland)
When I walked away, he came up to me and asked:
              - Is a mosque house of Allah?
              - Of course, all mosques are houses of Allah.
              - the house of Allah should remain open during all the 24 hours
              - Of course, equally to everyone.
              - Then we request that it stays open during all of the 24 hours.
              - You have to provide for us to access as and when we would like to come.
              - Ok, we shall grant such access and conditions. What will you get up to when you are here?
              - This is none of your business. We are not accountable to you in our conduct.
              - Then I have to reject your request.

Then he said that on the Judgement Day he will have a claim against me in front of Allah because I forced him out from the house of Allah, and he left. 

They were angry with me. They found a room in a house and began to meet regularly. I infiltrated my man for observation and asked him what they were getting up to all night? He told me that they were practicing martial arts, sambo, fighting, karate, then fall asleep and did not even get up for the morning prayer.

As he wrote in his memoirs, he wanted to frighten or to avenge the Imam Khatib, who was very much afraid of changes, who does not want to follow in his path and offers resistance to his ideas.

Jumaboy Matyakubov: “In 1996 the month of Ramadan, I went gathering for iftar [evening meal during the Muslim fast], I lead a Tarawih [extra prayers performed by Sunni Muslims at night in the Islamic month of Ramadan] and after Tarawih returned home late and my wife said that I had a lot of calls. 20-30 times asking where I was when shall I return. They wanted to know the time of return home. After returning home, I went to bed to rest until saharlik (a meal before dawn, during the Muslim fasting) and heard a loud rumble, ran out to the courtyard and saw that the gates of the house were burning. What they did was to take a bundle of cotton, poured gasoline over it and set fire to the upper part of the gate. Inside, there was a car of "Volga -21" model. Gasoline reached the car. Neighbors came out quickly and helped put out the fire.

In 1996, by the decision of the court Muhammad Abutov was sentenced to 7 years of imprisonmen for these actions. Did his criminal acts, or the machinations end there and during the period of his sentence he became a better person reaching right conclusions? There is a saying «if a good person turns bad - believe it and do not believe, if bad person turns good.” For, our "hero" yet again proved it to be true”.

Saidkamol Abutov (prisoner, a brother of Muhammadsalikh Abutov): In 2004, after his release he worked on the road-surface-coating plant, and after 3 months left for Kazakhstan to work. He used to bring disks from Kazakhstan containing Abduvali Domla’s lectures/preaching and multiply them. The same way, he went there, to bring books and printed them with the guys using a computer and disseminated this literate. In addition, during the period of his detention in 2000, he creates an illegal religious group entitled "Ahly Tavbad" and supervised its activities.

One of the pupils of this group Oltiboy Khakberdiyev (title) his name is Saxtus (prisoner) later, following the Muhammadsolikh’s instructions crosses the border to Afghanistan illegally and gets training in guerrilla camps. On his return, he gets arrested by the authorities when attempting to blow-up a German military base located in the Termez city of the Surkhandarya region. After the authorities uncovered this misdeed by Muhammadsolikh Abutov, he left initially for Kazakstan and then to Russia. We shall come back to where he went next, but, for now, let us draw your attention to the family situation of Abutov. If you paid attention, one could notice that from early childhood Muhmmadsolikh Abutov had an unlucky life. He could not find his place in the society, neither by this study nor by this work or by any other medium for that matter. The same can be said about his position in his family.

Saidkamol Abutov (prisoner, a brother of Muhammadsalikh Abutov): While still at the school, he (Muhammadsalikh Abutov) married a girl named Mukhayo, he kidnapped her at the age of 16 or 17. They lived together for no more than 2-3 months. When he put her under pressure demanding that she lived according to Sharia, she escaped. He demanded respect not only from his wife but from her brothers too. He often argued and demanded the Sharia law to be followed.

Saidkamol Abutov, continues: I often had arguments with my younger brother on the subject that my wife was not wearing a head-scarf. In one of such arguments he threatened that there will be bloodshed. I replied so be it. In one of the arguments, he took a heavy mixing tool from the kitchen and hit me on my head 4 times. I do not remember what happened next. When I recovered I left escaped the home. I told my father that I cannot live with him under the same roof anymore. I asked for his blessing and explained that I cannot live in arguments continuously”.

Long story short, Abutov poisoned not only his own life but the lives of his brothers, parent and extended family, and brought a great disrespect for the family.

Jumaboy Matyakubov (Chief Imam-Khatib of the Beruniy District): There was no good of them for the people. If any good or benefit came from them the people would know. He worked exclusively on propaganda of his way and propagation of his ideas and ideas of his stream, again on possible organisation of these matters. After a conversation with him his father told me, dear teacher, there is no way to remedy, I am really sorry, if we cannot correct him, I am no longer able to control him, I have no strength.

Thus ends Muhamadsalikh Abutov’s activity in Uzbekistan full of crimes and bad luck, and his life as a refugee abroad begins.

However, his analysis of a peaceful and quiet lives of civilians homeland did not end. Now he took to muddy the waters from afar. Now he took to muddy the waters and founded the group "Tayanch Zhamiyati" (Society for Support) and wants to put unite all the refugees. To increase the number of members of this group he addresses the public and terrorist groups located in Afghanistan and Pakistan through the Internet, asking them to cooperate.

“Dear compatriots and people sharing the same faith. I have a desire to address you with an official appeal. Brothers, you do not worry on Afghan soil and you saw what changes on the brought the Arab Spring. Don’t you think it is time to unite all our efforts in this direction?”

In response, the terrorist groups refused their appeal and see their society as wrong, blasphemous and dancing to the music of the West.

This appeal shows how democratic is the Tayanch society. In fact, it is not difficult to understand that by collaborating with a terrorist group what kind of "just" the organisation they want to create.

Muhamadsolikh Abutov appealed via the Internet to citizens of Uzbekistan. He tries to involve young people in his group using different lies. Some of those who believed in these lies, got caught on lies. One of such youth is a 23-year-old Fazliddin Zayniddinov from Tashkent.

Fazliddin Zayniddinov (prisoner): “It was September 2011, I was browsing the internet and via Skype talked with this man. This was Muhammadsolikh Abutov. This bad person asked me if I was from Uzbekistan. I replied that I was originally from Karakalpakistan. He told me that he was in jail and that he left for Sweden after his release. He told me that he has a peaceful and good life there. He even promised to help me to study abroad. In exchange, I had to circulate their leaflets containing their ideas. If I could, I should circulate them in the streets and places where people gather. I gave him my phone number. At about 8 PM he called me on my phone. He asked if I could come to the House of Culture [a concert hall]. He explained to me where the papers and money were hidden. I put the money into my pocket and gave away some of the leaflets on my way home. There were 100 US dollars”.

Now think for yourself. It took only 100 US dollars for this young man to commit a treason, in which he grew away his authoritative and honourable people and ruined his bright future. Although he is not an underdeveloped child in any capacity, neither is he a person who does not understand the consequences of his actions. The worst thing is that before distributing the leaflets he already was familiar with the content of the leaflets.

To start with, the leaflets were addressed to the popular movement of Uzbekistan on the day of commemoration of the Constitution. It said that in countries such as Egypt, Libya, and other Arab countries, there were popular uprisings and it was a call to carry out such an uprising in Uzbekistan.

This may be a right time to take a step back and tell the viewers that “so skilfully depicted so-called "Arab Spring" led to a revolution in the spirit and to a great tragedy.

Kobilbek Karimbekov, a political observer: Why were there so many strong social explosions? Because, if you pay a close attention, these regions are very rich in oil, gas, gold, uranium and other raw material, be it North Africa, Middle or Far East. Of course, in these heavenly spots or regions, many states seek their stake and want to turn them into their strategic interests. Naturally, historically military presence and strong holds of Western countries are located in the Arab lands. So, all the problems, difficulties, turmoil in the Arab world, the instability of the political system, the inability of states to rule played into the hands of some states. Because they use different ways to import weapon into the region, can make up the "opposition", can come up with different feigned ideological opponents.

Where did the opposition in the Arab countries come from? Where did the opposition get the modern military equipment? Naturally, if we can find answers to these questions, we can see greater active political powers surrounding these events. To say it more accurately, these are the political powers established their geopolitical interests. The ultimate goal of these powers is not to establish peace in those countries, imprudent of quality of life. If this was their goal, at least 3-4 Arab countries would already be on their way to peaceful development, increased productivity and capital turnover.

Let us look at the data for the last year and half: production of goods declined, influence from abroad has increased. In carrying out bloodshed of this kind, unfortunately, misinformation, which leads to massacres, has a large role to play. There is a reason why we call the information service “Akhborot” (Uzbek for New) a determining factor in our lives.  The news broadcasted in this programme excites our minds and awakens in us the awareness of duty to the Fatherland

«When their plan with Fazliddin Zayniddinov did not work out, the group of people rejected by the Fatherland decided to work with Surat Ikramov, who presents himself as a human rights activist. They try to hide their failure and spread rumours that the  human rights organisations came up with this intriguing plan”.

Fazliddin Zayniddinov (prisoner): “I am very sorry that I did not know what their true thinking was. I was not aware of their actual plans. I was blinded. I ask for pardon of the President and the nation for my mistakes. I did intend to carry out this kind of things”.

Saidkamol Abutov (prisoner, a bother of Muhammadsalikh Abutov): “I would like to say to the people who are in my brother’s entourage and listen to his calls: please protect yourselves and your family members from influence of his lies. Do not alienate yourself from the community. May God save you from being labelled as “anomies of the nation”. None of those who I knew have had a good live. If I am one of mislead, this is how I live. So do the others.”.

The moral of this story:

Jumaboy Matyakubov – he tried his best to enrol into a higher education institution, but he could not;
Saidkamol Abutov – a young girl lived with him only for 2 months, she could not take his despotism anymore and left him;

Jumaboy Matyakubov – he said that his father was not a Muslim but an infidel; 

Fazliddin Zayniddinov - I curse this man, thousands of curses;


Jumaboy Matyakubov – there is some kind of passion in the behaviour of this person, one can feel it;


Saidkamol Abutov - before listening to his high-flown speeches, one should look at his past life, at least for once;

            This is the true face of a man, characterised by demonstrative piety and political ambitions.

Abdumavlan Rakhimov (local community activist): For the last 20 years, thanks to the dedicated work of our nation, wise and fair policy of the President, we achieved very large and striking results, which are recognised by the entire world. We found our rightful place. We have created an amazing society, which is relevant and appropriate to ourselves. We have restored and reconstructed national statehood, our society and history are revived.

The 5 directions of development of our country designed by our leader completely paid off. We see evidence of this in the well-being of our society. Welfare of our nation rose very sharply. We can see this clearly when we travel through the regions of the country. On the streets one can see more cars than the roads can take. What does this tell us? This is a sign of a prosperous life. This is a sign of a fundamental change in the standards of living of the people. At the heart of the beautiful life and good living of the people is that people feel the fundamental idea of ​​national independence, love for their homeland, love the place where one grew up, became an adult, where his umbilical blood spilled, the love of the mother- earth and of the society. One puts a decent share of his endeavour into the development of society and the land where grew up and lives. This is the very real factor.

Unfortunately, there are some dark forces that cannot view the developing economic and political reforms of our state and its peaceful, quiet life in a normal way. These forces were not involved in any of processes which we carried out over the last 20 years. Most of the time, they flaunt religion and some other ideas and seek to come to power, as we have seen. It is not exaggeration to call them traitors. Since the betrayal of the motherland involves envy of all changes in the homeland, the destruction of peace and tranquillity, moral and social atmosphere in the homeland - in the heart of it all is a moral poverty. In the initial period of independence, we have chosen the way of development which is relevant and appropriate for us. The 5 directions of development designed by our esteemed president fully justified themselves. And no one can push us from this path. And I think that we give an appropriate, necessary, resistance to all these forces.

VATANGADO (Rejected by the Motherland)
Uzbek state, the Uzbek people are like a caravan pushing forward quickly and steadily. This is the way leading to a bright future. Now tell me, who can push us off this path? What force is able to bring us back from this radiant, shining path to a narrow, dark and terrible medieval ways? No One! All the aspirations and goals aimed at doing so are in vain.

Decent people cannot miss constructive, creative, flourishing businesses carried out  in this country and they will want to do their part. Instead of being at the forefront of such good deeds, some people follow the wanderers who are not distinguished neither in science and education, nor in religion or in humanity, nor in moral or ethical terms. They cannot be an example and are not able to do even the smallest of good deeds. They wished to renounce their Motherland and its people, they betrayed her.


(a songs praising Uzbekistan plays)

Hey, you scoundrel chatting from a far
Do not teach me how to walk.
Look at yourself and beat the drums,
Do not tell me how to live.
These are the people whose hearts are free in this world,
Before the eyes of the Almighty the most favourite people.
The past and the future - the greatest,
Do not tell me how to live.
If the heavens in the sky - beneath that is Uzbekistan,
If heavens on earth - over that is Uzbekistan.