» 05/12/2006, 00.00
Religious persecution in Uzbekistan going from bad to worse
Government seeks total control of Muslim majority and wants to rid the country of other religions. Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the army massacre of defenceless civilians in Andijan.
Bible and Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion of the Christ’ banned in Uzbek region of Karakalpakstan
Regional authorities impose ban but offer no explanation. All religions except Islam are outlawed in the area. Religious literature is systematically confiscated and anyone caught in possession of such material, even for personal use, can be fined or jailed.
Two female students thrown out of university because they are Christian
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.
30/12/2005 KYRGYZSTAN UZBEKISTAN
Kyrgyzstan under pressure to repatriate refugees to Uzbekistan
Human Rights Watch writes an open letter to Kyrgyz President Bakiyev. It fears that upon repatriation refugees will be torture to extract confessions.
Big gas exporter Uzbekistan keeping its citizens in a deep freeze
In energy-rich Uzbekistan people are freezing in the dark because of gas and power shortages. With temperatures that dip to -20 centigrade during the day and -30 at night, people’s complaints have little impact on powerless authorities.
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