Uzbekistan: President Visits Infamous Psychiatric Clinic
The president of Uzbekistan bust another taboo this week with a visit to a psychiatric clinic in Tashkent that has at times been used to incarcerate activists and journalists.
The secretive facility is regularly mentioned in the reports of local and international rights activists. So it was a surprise when on June 26, at the close of the holy month of Ramadan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev decided to drop in to check on renovation works.
Uzbekistan’s First Channel featured the visit in its evening bulletin, making for the first time most people had likely seen the inside of a building known popularly by the name “psikhushka,” or madhouse.
“Have the mayor, the minister or his deputies ever visited this hospital, which is right in the middle of the city? Have they seen the conditions here? Immaterial of what conditions patients kept here may suffer from, they are still our citizens and we should care properly for them. We must create the best possible conditions for the sick,” Mirziyoyev said in televised remarks.
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