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US Ally in the War on Terror, Uzbekistan, Tortures its own people, US hasn't condemned it
 


15 May 2005 at 2:05:05 PM
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Hundreds dead, thousands flee in Uzbekistan uprising

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Nargiza Shakirova, wife of slain Said Shakirov, embraces her daughter during funerals in Uzbekistan's eastern town of Andizhan May 15, 2005. The families of some of the estimated 500 people killed by Uzbek troops in Andizhan buried their dead on Sunday to the sound of continued sniper fire in the eastern town

PhotoUzbek soldiers take positions in downtown Andijan, Uzbekistan, Friday, May 13, 2005, to disperse protesters massed on the square outside the administration building. Soldiers opened fire on thousands of protesters in eastern Uzbekistan on Friday after demonstrators stormed a jail to free 23 men accused of Islamic extremism. A protest leader said about 50 people may have been killed hours earlier clashes with police and security forces. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
PhotoLocal residents pass by the bodies of victims from the clashes between the government forces and local protesters at the central square in the Uzbek town of Andijan, 14 May 2005. Distraught relatives searched for bodies in Uzbekistan's smoldering city of Andijan, where dozens were killed in a military crackdown after anti-government protests that hardline President Islam Karimov blamed on Islamic radicals.(AFP/Denis Sinyakov)
PhotoUzbek troops guard access to a local government building in Uzbekistan's eastern town of Andizhan May 15, 2005. The families of some of the estimated 500 people killed by Uzbek troops in Andizhan buried their dead on Sunday to the sound of continued sniper fire in the eastern town. REUTERS/Viktor Korotayev

The United States gave 10 million dollars to Uzbekistan in 2004, and apparently uses the country for "rendition" (sending prisoners from Guantanemo and Iraq to torture countries). That's probably why the US is not condemning the brutal action of Uzbekistan, much to the consternation of countries who wonder why the US is employing a double-standard.

Heated criticism was growing last night over 'double standards' by Washington over human rights, democracy and 'freedom' as fresh evidence emerged of just how brutally Uzbekistan, a US ally in the 'war on terror', put down Friday's unrest in the east of the country.

Outrage among human rights groups followed claims by the White House on Friday that appeared designed to justify the violence of the regime of President Islam Karimov, claiming - as Karimov has - that 'terrorist groups' may have been involved in the uprising.

Critics said the US was prepared to support pro-democracy unrest in some states, but condemn it in others where such policies were inconvenient. ....

Washington has often been accused of being involved in a conspiracy of silence over Uzbekistan's human rights record since that country was declared an ally in the 'war on terror' in 2001.

Uzbekistan is believed to be one of the destination countries for the highly secretive 'renditions programme', whereby the CIA ships terrorist suspects to third-party countries where torture is used that cannot be employed in the US. Newspaper reports in America say dozens of suspects have been transferred to Uzbek jails.

The CIA has never officially commented on the programme. But flight logs obtained by the New York Times earlier this month show CIA-linked planes landing in Tashkent with the same serial numbers as jets used to transfer prisoners around the world. The logs show at least seven flights from 2002 to late 2003, originating from destinations in the Middle East and Europe.


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