Uzbekistan: 10 years after the Andijan massacre

Uzbekistan has commemorated the 10th year of the Andijan massacre. Islam Karimov, who gave orders for his troops to open fire on thousands of protestors, is still in power and as merciless as ever.

Uzbekistan: 10 years after the Andijan massacre

World Bulletin / News Desk

13 May 2015 marked he tenth anniversary of the massacre at Andijan, when Uzbek President Islam Karimov ordered his troops to open fire on thousands of protesters in the eastern Uzbek town of Andican who had rallied against his heavy-handed policies and the arrest of 23 local businessmen on charges of extremism. 

In the past ten years, the Uzbek government has consistently refused to allow an independent investigation into the killings. It has also relentlessly persecuted those it suspects of having witnessed or participated in the events. 

 It was the biggest and bloodiest crackdown on a popular revolt in the former Soviet Union since its 1991 dissolution - and the reason why the US lost a strategic foothold in Central Asia, a country that borders Afghanistan.

The tragedy sparked a change and pressure on domestic policies as well as a change of direction for the foreign policies. The Kerimove regime that supressed the people with such bloodshed, with a change of direction in their domestic affairs, also meant that it suspended affairs with the US and the West. Whilst clsoing the door to the US, it opened a new strategic alliance with Russia and China. 

The attack was condemned by many countries in the West, especially the UK. Turkey's response was to say that in events such as these should remain within democratic and legal boundaries.

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch has marked the 10th anniversary of the massacre have made it clear that there is a need to discuss the human rights situation in Uzbekistan.

In their press statement, HRW have said tha during the bloody attacks, countless people were killed. They expressed the need for people to protest poverty, unemployment, government repression and persecution.

HRW Central Asia researcher Steve Swerdlowsaid an investigation was needed to bring closure to those still scarred by the violence.

"There is a pressing need for accountability," Swerdlow said, "if for no other reason than the extreme pain and anguish that so many families inside and outside Uzbekistan are still going through."



Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Mayıs 2015, 14:03