TASHKENT -- Uzbekistanis whom the government removed from its long-existing blacklist of suspected or convicted extremists are eagerly rebuilding their lives, Open Asia Online reported Thursday (September 14).
As of September 1, the government had de-listed 16,000 of the more than 17,000 Uzbekistanis on the blacklist, enabling those 16,000 to resume normal lives, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said in a Tashkent meeting with religious leaders that day, according to Open Asia Online.
The removal of individuals from the list began this summer. Citizens on the blacklist were kept under surveillance and had to report to police once a month to discuss their activities. They could not move to other housing, travel abroad or work for the government. Their children also suffered severe consequences at school or work.
The blacklist had existed since the early 1990s.
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