Outspoken Uzbek Critic Assaulted In Tajikistan

Posted: May 8, 2012 in Censorship, Human Rights, Journalism, Law, Politics, Region, Relations, Tajikistan

KHATLON, Tajikistan — An outspoken critic of the Uzbek and Tajik governments has reportedly been beaten by unknown assailants near his home in the Tajik town of Qurghon-Teppa.

Ethnic Uzbek Salim Shamsiddinov, 57, said three men attacked him on May 5, causing injuries to his head and legs. Shamsiddinov said he was rescued by a passing police officer.

The attack occurred the same day that Shamsiddinov was dismissed in absentia from his post as deputy chairman of the Foundation of Uzbeks in Tajikistan and head of the Foundation of Uzbeks in Khatlon province.

He is a lawyer by profession.

Police officials in the southern Khatlon province confirmed the incident, but declined to give details.

Shamsiddinov has been receiving medical treatment at home, saying he is “too afraid” about his security to stay in hospital.

via Outspoken Uzbek Critic Assaulted In Tajikistan.

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