November 24, 2005 |
Uzbekistan has told NATO allies that they can no longer use its territory or airspace to support peacekeeping missions in neighboring Afghanistan -- apparently in retaliation for Western criticism of its human rights record, alliance officials said in Brussels. North Atlantic Treaty Organization officials said alternatives would be found and the mission would not be hurt.
May 19, 2005
Re "Mass Uzbekistan Arrests Reported," May 17: A tyrant with one of the world's worst human rights records massacres hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators and our "moral clarity" president urges both victims and the U.S.-subsidized perpetrators to "exercise restraint." I guess the Bush administration overlooked the existence of roses, cedars and oranges in Uzbekistan; nevertheless, the true nature of American "support" for democracy is yet again revealed for those few in the Muslim world and the many more deluded ones in the West who didn't already suspect.
December 16, 2001 |
A Czech court ruled Friday that an exiled Uzbek opposition leader, accused of terrorism by his government but regarded by human rights groups as a democracy activist, will not be extradited to Uzbekistan. "Justice has won," Mukhammat Salikh told reporters at a Prague municipal court after the ruling, which leaves him free to return to Norway, where he received political asylum two years ago. The court cited possible risk to Salikh's life as a key reason for denying the extradition request.
January 6, 2007 |
A prominent rights advocate who has accused Uzbekistan of abuse and torture said she was beaten by a group of women she alleged were sent by the police. Elena Urlayeva, a member of the outlawed Free Peasants party, said four "burly" women attacked her Thursday on a street in the capital, Tashkent. Police refused to comment.
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.
September 21, 2005 |
Fifteen men pleaded guilty to participating in an uprising in eastern Uzbekistan in May that led to what human rights groups say was a government crackdown that left several hundred people dead. The pleas came as prosecutors opened the trial and alleged that the men were linked to a Muslim extremist conspiracy to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state.
December 5, 2002 |
Uzbekistan, long criticized by Western governments for human rights abuses, said it would offer amnesty to more than half of its prisoners, including those jailed for dissent. The prison population is about 40,000. Human rights activists estimate the number of political prisoners at 6,400. A decree by President Islam Karimov said the amnesty, to be granted this month, is dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Central Asian state's constitution.
November 15, 2005 |
Uzbekistan's top court convicted 15 men for organizing a May uprising in which more than 180 people died, ending a trial that was criticized as a government-orchestrated show. U.S. State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said the convictions were "based on evidence that isn't credible and a trial that isn't fair."
August 25, 2004 |
Uzbekistan's Supreme Court sentenced 15 Al Qaeda-linked Islamic militants to as long as 18 years in prison for a series of bombings that killed at least 47 people this year, 33 of them militants. Furkat Yusupov, 24, and Farkhad Kazakbayev, 22, were each sentenced to 18 years in prison. They were described as the most active members of the group Jamoat that was behind the blasts.