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Dilmurad Yusupov

This is a personal blog where I reflect on my research experiences with people with physical and sensory impairments and learning disabilities in Uzbekistan. I am interested in anthropology of disability, participatory methods, inclusion and social change.

Recently, a shocking video circulated on Uzbek social networks, which showed a disabled woman in a cowshed at sub-zero temperatures in Namangan city, Yuqori Rovuston mahalla. A local Internet media Namanganliklar.uz tried to find out the details of the case. According to the woman's relatives, they...

Illustration: Eldos Fazylbekov / Gazeta.uz Despite some positive changes in the development of civil society in Uzbekistan, registration of public organisations is still an extremely frustrating process. I have analysed the recent case of an initiative group of young volunteers in Tashkent, who have already received...

Photo: blind and visually impaired workers of the training and production enterprise LLC "CHYOTKA", a screenshot from the YouTube video by Uzbek blogger "Sirojiddin Media", 15 October 2020. Blind workers at the "CHYOTKA" training and production enterprise in Tashkent which belongs to the Society of the...

Illustration: Eldos Fazylbekov / Gazeta.uz Last year, in the op-ed for Gazeta.uz "They won't count us?" (in Russian) I stressed the importance of including disability questions in the first-ever population census in the history of independent Uzbekistan (the last census was conducted in 1989 when I...

Photo: A concert of blind and visually impaired children, dedicated to May 9 (the Day of Memory and Honour) at specialised boarding school №77 in Tashkent. I wrote many times about barriers that blind and visually impaired children were facing to study music in Uzbekistan. For...

Illustration: Eldos Fazylbekov / Gazeta.uz. On October 15, the president Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a new law "On the rights of persons with disabilities". What measures must be taken so that it does not repeat the fate of the previous law - "On social protection of disabled...

Featured photo: The Mag Magazine Less than one month left until the annual International Charity Race Samarkand Half Marathon, which will take place online on November 1.  The theme of this year's half marathon concerns the possibilities of people with autism spectrum disorder condition (ASC) and the...

Illustration by Eldos Fazylbekov / Gazeta.uz Today is the International Day of Sign Languages! What is the status of sign language in Uzbekistan and how are the rights of deaf people to access information realised? Together with a deaf rights activist Mamur Akhliddinov, we tried to...

Today starts the International Week of the Deaf 2020 (IWD). It is celebrated around the world every year during the last full week of September. The theme of this year is “Reaffirming Deaf People’s Human Rights”. I decided to post the English translations of all...