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Human Right Watch: West ‘ignores Uzbekistan abuses’

Uzbekistan has become a major supply route to NATO forces in Afghanistan

Western governments are ignoring human rights abuses in Uzbekistan as they seek closer ties with the country, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says.

In a new report, the campaign group says Uzbekistan is continuing to use torture in its criminal justice system.

The report documents cases of detainees being subjected to physical and psychological torture.

Western countries have dramatically weakened their stance on human rights in the central Asian country, it says.

The 107-page document makes for a chilling read…

Source: BBC News Read more

Opinion:

Another case of the USA and others doing what they want.

“That’s because Uzbekistan borders Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan has this single functioning rail line from the north to the south into Afghanistan”, Mr Swerdlow told the BBC.

“And the United States and the EU have of late, moved away from criticising the human rights situation in favour of co-operating with the country in order to supply their troops in Afghanistan,” he says.

Washington officials insist that it is important to remove restrictions on military aid.

“We need this waiver to allow the United States to provide defensive equipment to enhance Uzbekistan’s ability to protect its border through which a lot of cargo that is destined for our troops in Afghanistan is passing,” says US Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake.

Quote from the above BBC article.

The arseholes, then why don’t they get out of Afghanistan then they won’t need this bullshit to supply the troops and can get on to the real issue of Human Rights Abuses.

The USA really needs to play in its own backyard.

Oh, but then they’re going to do that. That’s why they are preparing the FEMA (read Concentration) Camps all over America for ‘domestic terrorists’.

 

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Papua

Most people don’t even know that Papua exists, nor that it is a part of Indonesia.

What was Dutch New Guinea (in the days of the Dutch East Indies), then Irian Barat, later Irian Jaya and finally renamed in 2002, Papua. With the creation of West Papua in 2007 being the western peninsula of Papua

It is the eastern-most part of Indonesia.

Independence has more recently been a ticklish issue, with several attempts in recent years.

The latest…

Indonesia quashes Papua independence rally

Papuans gather every year to raise the flag, but this year has been particularly violent

Several people have been injured after Indonesian forces fired shots at Papuans gathered to mark 50 years since declaring independence, activists say.

Hundreds of Papuans reportedly danced and sang in a field in Timika, a town near a huge gold mine that has been a flashpoint in the past.

Activists say police fired warning shots after the Morning Star flag, a banned independence symbol, was raised.

But police say they dispersed the crowds using peaceful methods.

They claim reports of the incident have been exaggerated: “There were three places where the flag was raised, but so far there has been no arrests,” Papua police spokesman Wachyono told BBC Indonesia.

But activists said that several people were injured when the police opened fire.

“Police and military attacked the mass and shot four people after the raising of Morning Star flag,” local activist Markus Haluk told the Jakarta Globe newspaper.

Elsewhere in Papua Province there were sporadic outbreaks of violence, and at least one police officer was wounded in an attack.

Accusations of abuse

Papua declared independence 50 years ago when the former colonial rulers the Dutch pulled out.

But it was put under UN protection a year later amid a sovereignty dispute with Indonesia, which claimed the resource-rich area.

And Indonesia eventually took over in 1969 after a controversial referendum.

Since then, some Papuans have fought a violent campaign for independence from Jakarta.

Rights groups have accused the Indonesian security forces of widespread human rights abuses, and the government of continuing repression.

The illegal symbol of independence - The Morning Star flag

Several people have received long jail terms simply for raising the Morning Star flag.

The operation of the Grasberg gold and copper mine by US firm Freeport near Timika has proved particularly controversial.

Workers’ groups accuse the firm of exploiting the workforce and giving nothing back to the community – allegations denied by Freeport.

Miners have been striking at the facility for months, and sporadic violence has broken out.

 

Source: BBC News

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