» 06/08/2005, 00.00
Andijan 'incidents' were a massacre
According to Human Rights Watch, more than 500 people died in the May clashes in Uzbekistan. The use of force was premeditated and the government is trying to hide the truth. It calls on the US and the EU to stop cooperating with the country until an international investigation is launched.
Andijan massacre trial still controversial
Prosecution claims the 15 defendants are Islamic terrorists, seditious and guilty of the 187 official deaths. International observers say instead the men were tortured and the outcome is a foregone conclusion.
War on terror used to erode human rights
Amnesty International released its annual report on human rights in the world. North Korea, Myanmar and Laos are singled for their egregious suppression of freedom of expression.
15/05/2008 UZBEKISTAN – KYRGYZSTAN
Three years after the Andijan massacre torture and manhunts continue
In May 2005 the army shot at unarmed demonstrators, killing hundreds. Since then eyewitnesses have been tortured, made to disappear or forced to “confess” their errors, this according to Human Rights Watch, which has called on Uzbekistan’s neighbours not to repatriate Uzbek fugitives.
18/10/2007 UZBEKISTAN – EUROPEAN UNION
EU sanctions suspension, an inappropriate reward
Human rights activists criticise the EU for suspending sanctions against Uzbekistan. They stress that there are still many political prisoners in the Central Asian country and that torture is still used systematically. For analysts the reason behind the decision is a desire for closer ties with an energy-rich country.
17/05/2017 16:40:00 UZBEKISTAN
Activists remember the Andijan massacre. For the first time in 12 years, police do not intervene
On 13 May 2005, at least 700 people died. The government described them as armed terrorists, persecuting witnesses in subsequent years. On the anniversary each year, police held back the participants. This year, the new President Shavkat Mirzyaev sends a signal of openness.
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