Saturday, 30, September, 2023


The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, today welcomed the restored access to multiple internet-based media in Uzbekistan, after more than ten years of intermittent blocking.

For the first time, joint tactical and special exercises Combat Fellowship - 2019 between the military units of Uzbekistan and Belarus will be held at the Gurumsaray training ground in the Namangan province on May 20-27, the Ministry of Defense said.

On 13 May, the EU adopted the 2018 Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the world. This report provides a snapshot of the EU’s engagement and actions in 2018, ranging from the flagship campaigns like the one for the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or the launch of the Good Human Rights Stories Initiative at the United Nations. The Report includes the Human Rights and Democratisation situation in Uzbekistan.

Five people from one family were found murdered in the middle and back seats of a Damas minivan in the Samarkand province, the General Prosecutor's Office of Uzbekistan said.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev spoke over the phone with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday. “The two leaders offered heartfelt congratulations to each other on the holy month of Ramadan and exchanged the best wishes,” the Uzbek leader’s press service said in a statement.

On May 14, a U.S. delegation led by the Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant arrived in Uzbekistan on an official visit. During the visit, the U.S. delegation visited the Academy of the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Defense said.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree today, assigning the whole territory of the Navoi province as a free economic zone (FEZ) for innovative, high-tech, export-oriented and import-substituting industries until January 1, 2030. The validity period of the FEZ may be extended.

The Uzbekistani authorities should end the harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders, Agzam Turgunov and Dilmurod Saidov, and allow them to continue their human rights work unhindered said Amnesty International (AI), the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia (AHRCA), Civil Rights Defenders (CRD), International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) and Polish Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (PHF).

On May 14, at the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade was held a meeting between the Uzbek Deputy PM E. Ganiev, Minister of Investment and Foreign Trade S. Umurzakov and the delegation of the State of Mississippi led by the Governor Philip Bryant. The visiting delegation included representatives of official, business and academic circles and heads of companies.

Germany is ready to cooperate with Uzbekistan and offers to consider environmental protection and infrastructure development projects. Also, during the visit of President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to Uzbekistan, the issues of environmental protection will be further discussed, Dr. Jürgen Keinhorst, Head of the Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia Division of the Federal Ministry for the Environment of Germany said during a meeting with the delegation of Uzbekistan, which included representatives of the media, NGOs and water related government organizations.

On May 14, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev hosted a delegation of the State of Mississippi headed by the Governor Phil Bryant.

Uzbekistan will provide the worldwide average life quality standards for its citizens by 2030, the draft Uzbekistan’s for Investment Policy Strategy until 2025, prepared by the Ministry of Economy and Industry, said.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has decided to grant US$ 19.5 million to support the Uzbekistan public education reforms.

On 13 May, the United Nations Development Programme in Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan launched a joint project “Promoting youth employment in Uzbekistan” funded by the Russian Federation - UNDP Trust Fund for Development.

The newly appointed Ambassador of the United States to Uzbekistan Daniel Rosenblum swore-in at the State Department. The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Counselor of the Department, T. Ulrich Brechbuhl, who serves the Secretary as a special advisor and consultant on major problems of foreign policy, Uzreport said.

The court proceedings against the Tashkent’s former Yunusabad district mayor Bakhtiyor Abdusamatov who who was arrested for allegedly took US$ 400,000 in a bribe in October 2018.

Said-Abdulaziz Yusupov, director of the Fund for the Support and Development of Independent Print Media and News Agencies, was arrested on May 10 for serious fraud, the General Prosecutor’s Office of Uzbekistan said.

Uzbekistan Railways will implement the Andijan-Savai-Khanabad railway modernization project, with the launch of suburban train service.

The Director of the Information and Mass Communications Agency (IMCA) under the President Administration, Komil Allamjonov, on his Facebook page, announced that access to news websites previously blocked in Uzbekistan had been restored.

From May 13-14 Ms. Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, the UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States will visit Uzbekistan to discuss with key national counterparts the next steps in the country’s reform process.