Uzbekistani president suggests taking away extremists' citizenship

Staff Report

ANDIJAN, Uzbekistan -- Uzbekistani President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in Andijan suggested taking away the citizenship of those who join radical groups, reported Monday (June 5).

Mirziyoyev spoke at a gathering of officials in the Andijan provincial government headquarters.

"We shouldn't have to busy ourselves [dealing with extremists]," he said. "We need to take away their Uzbekistani citizenship. I'm ready to do it."

Mirziyoyev called on society to help bring back "those who have lost their way" but not the "worst" members of such groups.

Mirziyoyev asked imams and provincial officials to submit a suggestion on citizenship policy, which presumably lawmakers could turn into a draft bill.

In 2016, Kyrgyzstan enacted a bill depriving known militants of Kyrgyz citizenship.

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