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Discrimination of ethnic Uzbeks continues in the Southern Kyrgyzstan

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On 9 June 2014 the State Inspectorate for Environment and Technical Security of the government of Kyrgyzstan published its decision in respect of 53 of small businesses.
 
These companies belong exclusively to ethnic Uzbeks and provide 600 jobs. All of them were functioning until June 2010. Their owners pay taxes to the budget of Kyrgyzstan. In 2010, about 300 properties owned by Uzbeks were damaged.
 
Mass closure of businesses in southern Kyrgyzstan, belonging to ethnic Uzbeks began under the pretext of changing the planning of the city of Osh, approved on 9 September 2010 and adopted by the Kyrgyz parliament. Rebuilding of the city entailed demolition of companies and their relocation to another part of the city. Because of this, a number of documents had to be re-issued in respect of a number of enterprises. This process started cancellation decisions of state institutions - the State Agency for Architecture, Construction and Housing and Communal Services, the Unified State Register of Statistic Units of the Kyrgyz Republic and others. Regulatory authorities are also involved in this process.
 
Each of these authorities can find a reason to close or hinder businesses. For example, State Sanitary and Epidemiology Agency has the authority to routine inspection of companies once a year. But the number of complaints about businesses owned by ethnic Uzbeks this organisation receives is increasing and the businesses are subjected to unscheduled inspections. As practice shows, the complaints are just an excuse for such inspections.
 
Recently, not the first time for this year, an inspection took place in a kebab house located in Shahit-Tyube. The reason for the inspection was a complaint about its owner, Abdullah Mamatov. Two doctors of the Sanitary and Epidemiology Agency sought to extort 2,000 soms for their conclusion of the absence of violations of the rules. Mamatov refused to give the bribe. As a result, doctors accused him that when they wanted to inspect a refrigerator, he allegedly threatened them with a knife. Their false statement was sent to the Department of Internal Affairs for instigation a criminal case against Abdullah Mamatov.
 
Uzbek entrepreneurs are demoralised and lack the desire to defend their rights because the courts in Kyrgyzstan, generally, adjudicate discriminatorily against ethnic Uzbeks.
 
Osh residents themselves believe that a new wave of closures of businesses belonging to Uzbeks started because of changes in the regime of Uzbek gas supplies to Kyrgyzstan.
 
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The following is the list of business owners located on Alisher Navoi Street and the city of Osh to be closed by the decision of the State Inspectorate for Environment and Security Technology of the Government of Kyrgyzstan:
 
1. Turdibay BORUBAEV, 11 family members, employs 3 people, they produce consumer goods, monthly tax payments — 4,700 Kyrgyz Sums;
2. Dildor DJUMABAEV, 6 family members, engaged in trade, employs 2 people, monthly tax payments — 2,600 Kyrgyz Sums.
3. Nemat AKHMEDOV, 6 family members, in business of catering, 5 employs 5 people, monthly tax payments — 6,100 Kyrgyz Sums.
4. Shukhrat SODIKOV, 6 family members, runs a mini-market, employs 2 people, monthly tax payments  — 1,700 Kyrgyz Sums.
5. Manzura MAMAKARIMOVA, 6 family members, in business of catering, employs 4 people, monthly tax payments — 4,000 Kyrgyz Sums.
6. Aziz ABDURAZAKOV, 8 family members, owns a mini-market, employs 3 people, monthly tax payments — 3,100 Kyrgyz Sums.
7. Aduraim AMANBAEV, 6 family members, in business of catering, employs 5 people, monthly tax payments — 2,900.
8. Khosiljan ABIDOV, 8 family members, owns a pastry shop «Samsa-khona», employs 6 people, monthly tax payments — 4,600 Kyrgyz Sums.
9. Matlyuba OMARJANOVA, 7 family members, in business of catering, employs 4 people, monthly tax payments — 5,100 Kyrgyz Sums.
10. Abdumanop RAKHIMOV, 11 family member, owns a pastry shop «Samsa-khona», employs 8 people, monthly tax payments — 9,500 Kyrgyz Sums.
11. Ibrohim NAZIMOV, 6 family members, owns a bakery shop «Tandoor-khona», employs 9 people, monthly tax payments — 4,100 Kyrgyz Sums.
12. Rasul KHALIBAEV, 2 family members, owner of a mini-market, employs 3 people, monthly tax payments — 5,500 Kyrgyz Sums.
13. Ulugbek KABULOV, 6 family members, entrepreneur (auto-electrician), employs 2 people, monthly tax payments — 2,300 Kyrgyz Sums.
14. Sirojiddin TOKHTASINOV, 14 family members, entrepreneur (auto-electrician), employs 2 people, monthly tax payments — 2,300 Kyrgyz Sums.
15. Rasul ERGASHEV, 2 family members, owner of the tyre repair and consumer goods shops, employs 2 people, monthly tax payments — 2,800 Kyrgyz Sums.
16. Aropatkhon MAMATOVA, 7 family members, owns a small grocery shop, employs 2 people, monthly tax payments — 2,700 Kyrgyz Sums.
17. Shakhobiddin PARPIEV, 8 family members, owner of a kebab shop, employs 3 people, monthly tax payments — 4,300 Kyrgyz Sums.
18. Abdulloh MAMASADIKOV, 7 family members, owner of a mobile top-up service shop (using PayPal), employs 2 people, monthly tax payments — 750 Kyrgyz Sums.
19. Avazbek TADJIMATOV, 10 family members, owns a shop, employs 1 person, monthly tax payments — 750 Kyrgyz Sums.
20. Rahmatillo NEMATOV, 11 family members, owns a butcher’s shop, employs 2 people, monthly tax payments — 3,000 Kyrgyz Sums.
21. Abduvali KHAKIMOV, 4 family members, owns a barber’s shop, employs 1 person, monthly tax payments — 700 Kyrgyz Sums.
22. Valijon MADUSMANOV, 8 family members, owns a shop, employs 5 people, monthly tax payments — 4,500 Kyrgyz Sums.
23. Poziljon YULDASHEV, 4 family members, owns a shop, employs 1 person, monthly tax payments — 500 Kyrgyz Sums.
24. Mahamad SODIKOV, 9 family members, owner of a bakery, employs 3 people, monthly tax payments — 900 Kyrgyz Sums.
25. Ikhtiyor KHAKIMOV, 5 family members, produces consumer goods, employs 2 people, a new business.
26. Nastullo AZIMOV, 7 family members, owns a shop, employs 2 people, monthly tax payments — 1,050 Kyrgyz Sums.
27. Abdugashar MATKHALIKOV, 5 family members, owns a grocery shop, employs 2 people, monthly tax payments — 750 Kyrgyz Sums.
28. Rano KHAKIMOVA, 4 family members, owns a mini-market, employs 2 people, monthly tax payments — 1,900 Kyrgyz Sums.
29. Polot ERGESHBAEV, 5 family members, owns a «Minutka», employs 1person, monthly tax payments — 1,700 Kyrgyz Sums.
30. Ogilkhon MIRZABAEVA, 5 family members, Public Foundation «Iffron» (field of work— gender policies, women, unemployed), employs 21 people.
31. Gilabza SIROJIDINOVA, 6 family members, sells mobile phones and accessories, employs 2 people, monthly tax payments — 700 Kyrgyz Sums.
32. Mukhtarjon SHAROBIDINOV, 7 family members, produces consumer goods, employs 2 people, monthly tax payments — 900 Kyrgyz Sums.
33. Nargiza TADJIBAEVA, 7 family members, owner of a tyre repairs shop, employs 2 people, monthly tax payments — 900 Kyrgyz Sums.
34. Khursanjon AKHMEDOV, 7 family members, in business of catering, employs 8 people, monthly tax payments — 9,800 Kyrgyz Sums.
35. Makhmudjon RAKHIMOV, 10 family members, owns a mini-market, employs 2 people, monthly tax payments — 6,500 Kyrgyz Sums.
36. Mukaddaamkhon UMARALIEVA, 4 family members, small retain business, disabled (severity level 2), tax exempt, employs 1 person.
37. Zulfizar MAKHKAMBAEVA, 4 family members, self-employed entrepreneur, employs 5 people, monthly tax payments — 2,800 Kyrgyz Sums.
38. Adumalik BEKMIRZAEV, 1 family member, owner of a pastry shop «Samsa-khona», employs 4 people, monthly tax payments — 4,700 Kyrgyz Sums.
39. Tolonbay ABDULLAEV, 3 family members, owner of a chai-khana, employs 4 people, monthly tax payments — 1,200 Kyrgyz Sums.
40. Kodirjon SOIPOV, 4 family members, owner of welding shop «Zakir-?t?», employs 1 person, monthly tax payments — 2000 Kyrgyz Sums 2000.
41. Yarkinboy YULDAHSBAEV, 7 family members, owner of the chai-khana «Margilan Darvoza», employs his family members only, monthly tax payments — 1,200 Kyrgyz Sums.
42. Adhamjan GAIPOV, 5 family members, owns a barber’s shop, employs 1 person, monthly tax payments — 700 Kyrgyz Sums.
43. Abidjan OSMANOV, 4 family members, self-employed (auto-electrician), currently with no job.
44. Azizillo NEMATOV, 7 family members, entrepreneur (auto-electrician), employs 1 person, monthly tax payments — 900 Kyrgyz Sums.
45. Sanjar MAKHADJANOV, 9 family members, TV and radios repair man, employs 2 people, exempt from taxes.
46. Ayitbay MAMATKHUNOV, 11 family members, owns a chai-khana, currently has no job.
47. Ibrohimjon KHAKIMOV, 7 family members, owns a shop, employs 1 person, currently out of job.
48. Mirzohid AZIMOV, 5 family members, owns a tyre repair and consumer goods shop, employs 1 person, monthly tax payments — 900 Kyrgyz Sums.
49. Ayitbay MAMATAKHUNOV, 11 family members, owns a consumer goods shop, employs 1 person, monthly tax payments — 800 Kyrgyz Sums.
50. Maxmadali ARTIKALIEV, 10 family members, owns a shop of animal feed, employs 3 people, monthly tax payments — 2,550 Kyrgyz Sums.
51. Makhmudjan MIRAKHMEDOV, 7 family members, owns a consumer goods shop, employs 1 person, monthly tax payments — 850 Kyrgyz Sums.
52. Komoldin SHARIPOV, 5 family members, entrepreneur (auto-electrician), employs 2 people, monthly tax payments — 900 Kyrgyz Sums.
53. Sodikjon YUSUPOV, 5 family members, owns a small diner, employs 2 people, monthly tax payments — 1,300 Kyrgyz Sums.