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Wreckage on the streets on Andijon following the police crackdown in which an unknown number of unarmed protesters were killed.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have urged the European Union and the United States to revise their relationships with the Uzbek government in light of Tashkent's enduring poor record on rights.

The human rights groups released separate statements to mark the seventh anniversary of the 2005 massacre in Andijon, in which hundreds of people were shot dead.

The rights organizations said that seven years later, the EU and the United States have yet to hold the Uzbek government accountable for the massacre and for the repression of government opponents that continues to this day.

On May 13, 2005, Uzbek security forces killed scores of protesters in Andijon and persecuted and jailed many afterward.

The exact number of dead remains unknown, but some reports say hundreds were killed.

The EU imposed sanctions against Uzbekistan in response, but gradually eased the measures.
Azerbaijani Activists Protest For Greater Freedoms
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BAKU -- Azerbaijani opposition parties have held an unsanctioned demonstration in Baku to demand that authorities permit them to hold public gatherings in the center of the capital.

Dozens of activists, united in a group called the Public Chamber, gathered in a downtown Baku park on May 14 to call for Mayor Hajibala Abutalibov’s resignation.

Police prevented protesters from marching to the mayor’s office, and several demonstrators were arrested.

Representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) were reportedly present to monitor the confrontation.

It was the second protest this month by the Public Chamber, which plans to publicly protest human-rights violations in Azerbaijan during the hosting of the prestigious Eurovision Song Contest in Baku on May 22-26.

Authorities have previously permited the group to stage rallies on the outskirts of Baku.

With additional reporting by Interfax

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