Uzbekistan continues to persecute relatives of Andijon demonstrators, labeling them ‘terrorists’

The Uzbek government is vigorously persecuting the relatives of people it suspects of links to demonstrations in the eastern city of Andijan five years ago, when government forces killed hundreds of mostly unarmed protesters, Human Rights Watch said on 4 May. The recent interviews revealed new episodes of persecution, similar to  those Human Rights Watch documented in its May 2008 report “Saving its Secrets”. Human Rights Watch has documented the Uzbek  government’s attempts to silence massacre survivors and witnesses with  arbitrary arrest, torture, and threats to their lives, as well as sustained harassment.

The refugees described a pattern of government harassment. Police summon relatives, interrogate them, demand that they write explanations about their activities, order them to provide official documents for no apparent reason, and call on them at their homes and places of work repeatedly.


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