Saturday, May 14, 2005

In Uzbekistan, nobody fights against women, children or the elderly


Another website not to go to for news on Uzbekistan, where the death toll is now in the hundreds: that of the American embassy there. However, you can look at the page that details American payments to the Uzbek government in 2004, including money to “focus on strengthening the institutions of civil society, supporting human rights, and addressing the problem of torture”. Yeah, how’s that going? Another $10.7m went to “security and law enforcement” or, in other words, torture. Link. Other link.

Karimov says that he didn’t gave any order to shoot, it just kinda happened, but denied that children had been killed: “In Uzbekistan, nobody fights against women, children or the elderly.” Consider yourselves reassured.


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