Outspoken Uzbek Critic Assaulted In Tajikistan

Posted: May 8, 2012 in Relations, Resources, Tajikistan

Tensions Over Water

Shamsiddinov also questioned Tajikistan’s ambitious project to complete the Roghun hydroelectric power plant, a plan strongly opposed by Uzbekistan.

Tashkent has complained that the Roghun power plant will leave Uzbekistan facing severe water shortages downstream.

Shamsiddinov is also a critic of Uzbek authorities.

He has accused both governments of pursuing the “wrong” policies toward each other, and also undermining ethnic minorities’ rights.

He has dubbed both Dushanbe and Tashkent’s treatment of ethnic minorities a “form of genocide.”

In an open letter published in the media, the Foundation of Uzbeks in Tajikistan said that Shamsiddinov’s recent interviews reflect his own opinions and do not represent the foundation’s standpoint on these issues.

Nonetheless, the foundation pointed out that it does support Shamsiddinov’s points of view.

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have long had strained relations due to disputes over water and energy resources as well as transit routes.

via Outspoken Uzbek Critic Assaulted In Tajikistan.

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