Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Germany Trains 35 Uzbek Military Despite EU Sanctions

Posted by Info on 04/04/2010

The German Defence Ministry trained 35 Uzbek servicemen to operate tanks and armoured personnel carriers between 2005 and 2009 despite EU sanctions against Uzbekistan for the Andijan killings in May 2005.

The sanctions banned EU member states from supplying arms and offering military or technical assistance, including training and advice, to the country.
Germany trained Uzbek officers of elite troops in the tactical control of armed forces and operation of tanks and Marder armoured personnel carriers.

The spokesperson said that Germany had provided no technical assistances to Uzbekistan and training programmes had been thoroughly checked because the training courses aimed to democratise Uzbek armed forces.
The Uzbek government sent elite troops to crush a rally in Andijan in May 2005 and killed hundreds of civilians.

Holly Cartner, Human Rights Watch’s executive director for Europe and Central Asia, said that Germany had violated the EU sanctions as soon as they were imposed in November 2005.
Cartner said that training Uzbek military to operate weapons that could be used for internal repressions was the violation of the EU sanctions and called on the EU and the German government to investigate this case.

Germany’s desire to act in its own interests and against the common interests of the EU has often invited criticism, but Berlin’s cooperation with Tashkent has never drawn proper attention from other EU countries.

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