Uzbekistan: The Tragedy of Andijan, Eleven Years Later
In remembrance of the victims of the Andijan massacre 11 years ago, when the armed forces of the Uzbek government fired into a crowd of protestors, Freedom House issued the following statement:
"One of the biggest tragedies after these unnecessary deaths at Andijan is the shocking lack of justice or accountability for the victims and their families,” said Robert Herman, vice-president for emergency assistance programs and multilateral advocacy. "To this day, the perpetrators of this crime have not been identified and held to account, nor the exact number of victims identified. It remains a bloody stain on the government of Uzbekistan and its leaders.”
On May 13, 2005, Uzbek President Islam Karimov ordered troops to open fire on protesters in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan. The protestors were demonstrating against long-standing government repression of fundamental human rights and the arrest of 23 local businessmen on charges of alleged Islamic extremism."
Uzbekistan is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2016, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2016, Not Free in Freedom on the Net 2015, and receives a democracy score of 6.93 on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 as the worst possible score, in Nations in Transit 2016.
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