Staunton, February 5 – One of the most disturbing developments of the last years of Soviet power in Uzbekistan was a flood of suicides by self-immolation by women felt they had no other way of protesting what was being taken away from them. Now, Uzbeks both women and men are killing themselves in this way and for the same reasons.
At the end of the 1980s, Uzbek wrier Adyl Yakubov warned that this manner of suicide is the clearest indication of the despair many felt then (scepsis.net/library/id_1248.html). That such self-immolations are once again on the rise thus calls into question some of the optimism about Uzbekistan that many have felt since the death of Islam Karimov.
“Over the last two or three years, there have been more than ten cases of self-immolation and two more failed attempts,” the AsiaTerra portal reports. “All the victims both those who are now invalids and those who died are people who suffered which trying to defend their property” against state confiscation (asiaterra.info/prava-cheloveka/na-proizvol-vlastej-grazhdane-uzbekistana-otvechayut-podzhogami-i-suitsidami