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December 7, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
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.
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 | From Associated Press
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.
April 1, 2004 | From Associated Press
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 | From Times Wire Services
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.
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.
December 18, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The republics of Moldova and Uzbekistan today delivered a powerful double blow to President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's plans to save the Soviet Union from breaking up. Most of the Moldovan delegates stalked out of the Congress of Peoples' Deputies, the national legislature, while Uzbek President Islam Karimov lashed Moscow for what he called decades of mismanagement and exploitation. Gorbachev said he wants Soviet citizens to vote this winter in a referendum on whether to sign a unity pact.
February 17, 1999 | From Associated Press
Six car bombs exploded within minutes of each other Tuesday outside Uzbekistan's government headquarters and several other buildings in an assault apparently aimed at President Islam Karimov. Karimov was not injured in the blasts, which killed at least 13 people and injured 120, the government said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in the Central Asian nation.
January 18, 1992 | From Associated Press
Thousands of students enraged by soaring prices and empty bread shops smashed windows, overturned cars and battled police in a Central Asian city, authorities said Friday. Two students were reportedly killed, and several were wounded. The riots in Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan, represented the worst violence connected with the new reforms launched in former Soviet republics. Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin freed prices on Jan. 2 to spur production and plant the seeds of a market economy.
June 10, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The death toll from ethnic fighting has risen to more than 100 people in Soviet Central Asia, officials said, in what is becoming one of the worst outbreaks of violence there in the last two years. A spokesman at the military headquarters at Osh in the republic of Kirghizia, where the conflict between Kirghiz and Uzbeks broke out Monday, said Saturday that 107 people had died and 436 had been injured.
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