The Cotton Campaign extends condolences to the family of Akromhodzha Mukhitdinov. He will be remembered for his admirable pursuit of social justice.
The horrific murder of Mukhitdinov also demands thorough and transparent investigation by the local authorities. Elena Urlayeva, leader of the HRAU, reported to UZnews that the murder of Mukhitdinov was linked to his human rights activities. Colleagues of Mukhitdinov in the Yangiyul district of Tashkent expressed skepticism that his murder will be adequately investigated.
The Cotton Campaign echoes the call of Uzbek citizens on the Uzbek government to ensure that the rule of law is upheld and justice pursued. Failure to thoroughly and transparently investigate his murder would convey a threat to all human rights defenders in Uzbekistan.