Saidbek Azimov, the representative of the secretariat of the Ombudsman said that Uzbek authorities were no longer drawing up lists of people suspected of extremist activities, the so-called black lists.
“We do not have any blacklists any longer. Everyone has the right to freedom of belief,” he said at the meeting of the election media center.
According to official figures, in 2017, about 18 thousand people were excluded from the “black lists”.
Speaking at a meeting dedicated to the 26th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution last year, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said that "more than 20,000 citizens suspected of having links with religious extremist groups have been removed from the lists."