December 8 – Constitution Day in Uzbekistan

Posted on December 8, 2017

On this date in 1992, Uzbekistan adopted its constitution.

Even though it's been almost three decades since Uzbekistan declared independence from the U.S.S.R., the nation is only on its second president. That's because the country's first president - who was ruling the Soviet republic that existed before independence - ruled from 1989 until his death last year. There were a lot of reports of human rights abuses and electoral shenanigans under that president, and freedom of the press was very shaky.

Dare we hope that things are getting better?

Actually, things DO seem to be getting better!

Uzbekistan's second president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has already ended some of the bad policies from his predecessor. For example, Mirziyoyev abolished cotton slavery - citizens being forced to leave their homes and regular jobs to pick cotton, in dangerous working conditions. He also abolished exit visas - citizens having to ask their nation permission to leave for even short vacations or visits. He also released a lot of political prisoners - people who were in prison just for disagreeing with the president or the government.

Keep on with the good work, Mr. Mirziyoyev! Go, Uzbekistan!

Check out these wonderful sights in Uzbekistan:

As usual, water is a welcome sight - even (or especially?) in a doubly landlocked nation!

There is amazing architecture, especially in Muslim holy places. 

There are also ancient ruins, including Buddhist stupas. And I love me an olden-days walled city!

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