Uzbekistan: Police Shake-Up Part of Elite Struggle?
The police force in Uzbekistan is set for a reorganization that looks in part designed to balance power away from the security services. Authorities claim the reform will enhance rights protections, but activists are skeptical.
On April 10, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed off on a decree that officials say will represent the largest shake-up of the police in the nation’s history.
The reform is intended on paper to tackle a dense web of problems including the burdensome and inefficient structure of the Interior Ministry, the lack of channels for communication with the public and the non-existence of a complaints mechanism.
Several departments are to be created or revamped; one will be tasked with liaising with the underage children and youths, another will be a dedicated criminal investigations department. And then there is a plan to create a department for the protection of human rights.
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