Demonstrators in France turned out on January 30th, President Islam Karimov's 74th birthday, to call attention to the dictator's many human rights violations.
The activists picked the Uzbek Embassy in Paris, but embassy staff refused to accept their petition or meet with the protesters, says fergananews.com.
Among the protesters were members of the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia, the Association of Christians Against the Death Penalty and Torture, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Amnesty International, the Fiery Hearts Club. They called for the release of all political prisoners in Uzbekistan.
Protest signs including a satirical poster (see above) showing Karimov's face beaming like the sun over a toiling child forced to pick cotton and the slogan, "Work, Sonny, the Sun is Still High!"