13 May '11, 10am

Amnesty slams Central Asia on torture, clamp on dissent - Straits Times

ALMATY (Kazakhstan) - THE use of torture, suppression of public dissent and harassment of independent journalists continue to flourish unchecked in Central Asia, Amnesty International said on Friday. In its annual report, the London-based organisation said the practices 'continued unabated' in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, despite the two regimes' assurances to the contrary. The rights watchdog criticised gas-rich Uzbekistan for rejecting international calls for an independent investigation into mass killings of protesters in 2005. The regime has also imprisoned 'several thousand people' including political dissidents and those allegedly involved with Islamist parties that are banned in the region's most populous country, the report said. The gas- and oil-rich Turkmenistan holds prisoners incommunicado after unfair trials and restricts freedom of expression, religion and move...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIS...

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