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Yearbook 2002

Uzbekistan. According to Countryaah website, Uzbekistan continued its cooperation with the United States in the fight against terrorism, which began after September 11 the year before. About 1,500 US soldiers were stationed at Khanabad military base in southern Uzbekistan. At the beginning of the year, the head of US military operations in Afghanistan visited Uzbekistan for talks with President Islam Karimov. It was decided to have regular US-Uzbek security consultations on a joint commission with military experts.

2002 Uzbekistan

In March, the government recognized for the first time an independent Uzbek human rights organization, the Independent Human Rights Society, which had applied for registration since 1997. According to the company's leadership, international pressure contributed to the recognition. One event that looked like a backdrop was that President Karimov visited the United States that month, including the US. with the intention of expanding US aid. Karimov promised to fulfill the American conditions for further democratic and economic reform.

However, Uzbekistan opposition politicians expressed doubts about Karimov's willingness to live up to his promises. Human Rights Watch accused the regime of abusive zeal to strike down the forbidden Islamic movement Hezb ut-Tahrir. In May, while the regime abolished the press censorship, it retained the possibility of withdrawing magazines' publishing permits.

In August, a street protest was allowed which lasted one day, but a week later the authorities turned to another demonstration. Members of the Russian minority, who tried to protest against ethnic discrimination, stated that they had been forced into treatment at a psychiatric clinic. At the end of the year, a member of Jehovah's Witnesses was sentenced to three years of conditional imprisonment accused of denouncing "religious hatred." The alleged crime consisted in distribution of printed matter. Uzbekistan is Muslim dominated.

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