Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed his condolences to the families of those killed during the unrest in Nukus. He asked to give a fair assessment of the actions of all the participants of the event. If law enforcement went beyond force, they should also be held accountable, he said.
At the July 6 meeting, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed his condolences to the families of those who died during the July 1-2 unrest in Karakalpakstan’s capital, Nukus. He also wished a speedy recovery to the injured, presidential spokesman Sherzod Asadov said.
According to official data, 18 people were killed and 243 injured in those days, 94 of them remained in hospital on Monday, including serious injuries.
“On these days, we once again feel deeply how priceless peace and human life are, how important it is to protect them and that we are all responsible for them,” the president said. “Of course, these events were not organized in one day or in ten days,” he said. “External hostile forces have been preparing for these actions for years.”
“Their real goal is to violate the territorial integrity of Uzbekistan and provoke an inter-ethnic conflict,” Shavkat Mirziyoyev said.
“For a full, thorough and objective investigation into past events, an investigative team headed by the First Deputy Attorney General is working. Impartial parties should be involved in this process, i.e. representatives of the public, MPs and activists,” he continued.
The president instructed Attorney General Nigmatilla Yuldashev “to investigate each case thoroughly and impartially and to give a fair legal assessment of the actions of the participants in the event.” “The actions of law enforcement should also be analyzed in depth. If they have used excessive force, they should also be criminally prosecuted in accordance with the applicable legislation,” the president said.