January 17, 2008 |
Uzbekistan's authoritarian leader was sworn in for a third presidential term Wednesday, news reports said, despite a constitutional two-term limit. President Islam Karimov won 88% of ballots cast Dec. 23, handily beating three candidates who publicly supported his reelection. Four independent candidates were barred from the race. Election observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe criticized the balloting in the Central Asian nation as undemocratic.
December 29, 2001 |
Uzbek President Islam Karimov said he has no deadline for U.S. troops to pull out of a military base used for U.S. operations in neighboring Afghanistan. Speaking after a regional leaders' meeting in Tashkent, the capital, concerning security issues, Karimov said talk of Russian concerns about a U.S. military presence in its former "backyard" smacks of "the stereotypes of old."
May 13, 2005 |
Thousands of people, many of them armed, took to the streets of an eastern Uzbek city today, attacking a prison and freeing the inmates to protest the detention of prominent businessmen on charges of Islamic extremism, witnesses said. Russian media reports said nine people had been killed and 34 were wounded. Uzbek President Islam Karimov and other leaders rushed to Andijon, where witnesses reported several buildings ablaze.
May 13, 2006 |
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin told Uzbekistan's leader Islam Karimov on Friday that he looked forward to blossoming ties, a year after Uzbek troops earned international censure by firing on civilians. The European Union, meanwhile, issued a fresh call for a "credible investigation" into the bloodshed. Witnesses said hundreds were killed on May 13, 2005, including women and children, when Uzbek troops opened fire on a protest in Andijon.
August 9, 2004
You state the case for greater reform in Uzbekistan and the U.S. need to curtail support for the Islam Karimov government with aplomb (editorial, Aug. 4). It's among the most informed editorials that I've read. Unfortunately, there are a couple of factors that probably will prevent Uzbekistan from reforming while terrorists operate in the country. First, the regime thinks it is locked in a death struggle with international terrorism, and it thinks that only the most brutal response will work in defeating terrorist groups.
November 30, 2001 |
Acting on an international warrant, police have detained an Uzbek opposition leader who came to Prague at the invitation of Radio Free Europe, his lawyer said Thursday. Uzbekistan accuses Mukhammat Salikh of being an Islamic militant, but a human rights group said the charge is politically motivated and urged the Czech Republic not to extradite him.
December 7, 2002 |
A U.N. envoy wrapped up a two-week inspection of Uzbekistan's prisons Friday by saying he found widespread signs of torture, even though he was denied full access to two of the country's most notorious jails. "Torture, as far as I can see, it is my impression, is not just incidental but ... is systemic," Theo van Boven told a news briefing. There was no immediate reaction from President Islam Karimov's government.
April 1, 2004 |
An anti-terrorism official said a militant blew himself up inside a house early today, ending a standoff in the Uzbek capital. But his account contradicted police reports of militants holding a large number of hostages. Russia's Itar-Tass news agency reported two hostages had been freed unharmed.
January 14, 2004 |
A domestic airliner crashed Tuesday on approach to the airport here in Uzbekistan's capital, killing all 37 people aboard, including the top United Nations official for the country, state authorities said. A statement issued by the state UzA news agency said the Uzbekistan Airways Yakovlev-40 was carrying 32 passengers and five crew members. The plane was en route from Termez, on the Central Asian nation's border with Afghanistan.
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November 19, 2001
When Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met recently in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, with that country's dictator, Islam Karimov, he said he was satisfied with the cooperation he was receiving. That may be true on the military front, where 1,000 U.S. troops have been stationed to help in the fighting in Afghanistan, but it's far from true in the politics of Uzbekistan and other countries in Central Asia near Afghanistan.