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Uzbekistan: After 24 Years, Karimov Calls for Police Shake-up

After almost a quarter of century, Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov has decided it is time to shake up the police force.

The force, he said on December 5 during a speech to mark Independence Day, lacks proper regulation and is as a consequence rife with shoddy practices.

“It is not unusual to come across cases of nonobservance and crude violations of legal norms and provisions and principles of justice, as well as sloppy attitudes among law enforcement and regulatory authorities toward their duties. This is a reality and it is impossible not to notice it,” Karimov said, speaking 24 years after Uzbekistan’s Interior Ministry was formed.

Karimov said he was moved to criticism by the flood of public complaints brought to his attention.

“Over the first nine months of this years, 500 complaints have come in from citizens about the law enforcement officials and regulatory authorities,” he said. “Every fifth complaint concerned the unlawful actions of police officers.”

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Uzbekistan: After 24 Years, Karimov Calls for Police Shake-up

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