Monday, May 23, 2005

EU May Act Over Uzbekhistan's Murder Of Its Own Citizens

When the Uzbekhistan authorities clamped down on protesters (protesting against the show-trial of 23 local businessmen on charges trumped up by the government) earlier this month, hundreds of civilians were killed.

As Uzbekhistan is a US ally in the war against terrorism, its government appears to have been given an overly easy ride on human rights.

Now the EU is threatening as yet unspecified action against the Uzbek administration, whose leader, Islam Karimov, recently extended his term of office until 2020, amid reports that his security forces boiled alive two prisoners, and many other abuses.

Reuters AlertNet - EU threatens action unless Uzbeks allow inquiry

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