Saturday 31 July 2004
July 31, 2004
Uzbek Blast Draws International Criticism
There's been international condemnation of a series of suicide bomb attacks that hit the Uzbek capital Tashkent yesterday. Three people have now died as a result of the blasts, which targeted the U.S. and Israeli embassies and the state prosecutor's office. But it's still unclear who carried out the explosions.
July 30, 2004
Suicide Bombers In Tashkent Kill At Least Two
30 July 2004 -- Three suicide bombers attacked the U.S. Embassy, the Israeli Embassy, and the Prosecutor-General's Office in the Uzbek capital Tashkent today. At least two people are reported to have been killed -- not including the suicide bombers -- and nine others wounded, two seriously.
July 27, 2004
Uzbekistan: 'Terror' Trial Likely To Hold Few Surprises
The trial of 15 people accused of complicity in the violence in Uzbekistan in late March and early April started yesterday in Tashkent. The conduct of the trial is already following a pattern made familiar in previous court cases dealing with alleged Islamic radicals. Those cases were used to justify the government's continued crackdown on what it called religious extremism.
July 24, 2004
Uzbeks Say Trials To Start For Terror Attacks
24 July 2004 -- Uzbekistan's Prosecutor-General's Office announced yesterday it has finished investigating a series of militant attacks that killed 47 people in March and April, and will start trying the first group of 15 suspects next week.
July 22, 2004
Kyrgyzstan: Outspoken Ombudsman Possesses Unique Regional Voice
Central Asia is a region where few dare challenge the will of the presidents. Most officials follow their president's lead, and what attempts there are to find an official to act as a bridge, a mediator, between the people and the government are usually made to serve the interests of the authorities. But there is one man, the ombudsman in Kyrgyzstan, who routinely voices opinions that contradict the government's views.
July 22, 2004
Analysis: U.S. Aid To Uzbekistan: Carrots And Sticks
Did President Karimov expect Washington's move? On the evening of 13 July, the U.S. State Department announced in a press release that Uzbekistan has failed to meet its reform and human-rights commitments under the two countries' 2002 Strategic Partnership Framework. The decision, which effectively freezes up to $18 million in fiscal year 2004 military and economic aid, garnered approving comments from the human-rights community and set off considerable speculation among observers about the future of U.S.-Uzbek relations. But it also touches on the larger question of the clashing priorities that pervade Western engagement with the "tough cases" of Central Asia.
July 21, 2004
Uzbek Opposition Party Criticizes Pro-Gov't Parties
Tashkent, 21 July 2004 (RFE/RL) -- The unregistered Uzbek opposition Free Peasants Party (Ozod Dehkonlar Partiyasi) released a statement today criticizing registered parties in the country that are calling themselves "opposition" parties.
July 16, 2004
Western Press Review: Anglo-American Intelligence Failures, Uzbekistan's Human Rights Record, And A Wellspring Of Trouble In Turkmenistan
Prague, 16 July 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Among the topics at issue in some of the major dailies today are the release of two separate reports, in the United States and Britain, documenting intelligence failures in the run-up to war in Iraq; frozen aid and human rights in Uzbekistan; and Turkmenistan's "troubled waters." We also hear from the widow of Paul Klebnikov, the editor of the Russian edition of "Forbes" magazine, who was slain last week in Moscow.
July 15, 2004
Western Press Review: Freeze On Uzbek Aid, Ukrainian Elections, And Slow Justice In The Hague
Prague, 15 July 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Discussion and debate in some of the world's major dailies today focuses on the U.S. decision to withhold million of dollars in aid from Uzbekistan for its dismal human rights record; the push for free and fair elections in Ukraine; The Hague's slow justice for the former Yugoslavia; elections in Afghanistan; the surprising truths behind violence in the home; and continued bloodshed in Baghdad, as U.S. and Iraqi forces struggle to temper an ongoing insurgency.
July 14, 2004
Uzbekistan: Will U.S. Decision To Withhold Aid Have Any Practical Effect?
The U.S. State Department announced yesterday that it is withholding up to $18 million in aid to Uzbekistan due to its poor human rights record. The United States is using a military base in Uzbekistan for antiterrorism operations in Afghanistan, and has long promised it would press Uzbekistan to improve its human rights record and speed up democratic reform.