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EU Condemns Sentencing Of Uzbek Rights Activists

May 4, 2007 -- The European Union has voiced "strong concern" over the sentencing of two Uzbek rights activists to jail terms.

It called in a statement on Uzbek authorities to review verdicts against Gulbahor Turaeva and Umida Niyazova.

Turaeva was sentenced to six years in jail on April 24 for of smuggling forbidden publications into Uzbekistan.

Niyazova was sentenced on May 1 to seven years on similar charges.

Both women had reported on the killing of protesters in the Uzbek town of Andijon in 2005.

(dpa, Interfax,

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