Territory in west central Asia, ruled since 1991 by the O‘zbekiston Respublikasi


Uzbekistan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Uzbekistan, officially the Republic of Uzbekistan (Uzbek: O‘zbekiston Respublikasi, Ўзбекистон Республикаси) is the only doubly landlocked country in Central Asia and one of only two such countries worldwide. It shares borders with Kazakhstan to the west and to the north, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to the east, and Afghanistan and Turkmenistan to the south. Before 1991, it was part of the Soviet Union. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Uzbekistan | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Not Free, Aggregate Score: 3, Political Rights: 7, Civil Liberties: 7
"In March 2015, President Islam Karimov was reelected to a fourth term with a reported 90 percent of the vote despite a constitutional limit of two consecutive terms. The government continued to suppress all political opposition during the year. The few remaining civic activists and critical journalists in the country faced physical violence, prosecution, hefty fines, involuntary hospitalization, and arbitrary detention."