Uzbekistan Moves to Rehabilitate Blacklisted Muslims
State television in Uzbekistan has reported that some 16,000 people formerly featured on blacklists over their alleged extremist religious convictions have been officially rehabilitated.
The figure was given by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in a speech aired on Uzbekistan 24 news channel on September 1. That date marked Eid al-Adha, one of the major festive occasions on the Islamic calendar and which is known locally as Kurban Ait.
Mirziyoyev claimed that 9,500 people formerly on the list have been given jobs.
On August 31, the president prefaced his announcement on the rehabilitations by talking about the importance his government gives to “returning those that have strayed from the right path to a correct manner of living.”
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