Uzbekistan: Thousands of Suspected Radicals Rehabilitated
Authorities in Uzbekistan have reportedly removed more than 4,000 people from blacklists of people suspected of radical Islamist affiliations following an extensive outreach exercise.
The move marks the latest chapter in the efforts to normalize relations between the state and the religiously devout that have been in train since the ascent to power of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
Anybody included in such lists were required to report to the police once a month and inform them of their activities. They were also not permitted to leave their region of residence without informing the authorities.
The extremist label has been broadly applied to suspected adherents of many groups, such as the Hizb ut-Tahrir movement.
RFE/RL’s Uzbek service, Radio Ozodlik, reported this week that another 5,000 people could qualify for the amnesty. Arguments in favor of rehabilitation were made by imams.
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