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Uzbekistan: “Our Torturers Know – They Will Never Face Law”

Posted by Info on 30/04/2011

The Paris-based Association for Human Rights in Central Asia (AHRCA) has released a new report on the system of torture and extrajudicial execution in Uzbekistan with a system in which medical workers cover up the evidence of abuse.

The 47-page report – HERE “OUR TORTURES KNOW THAT THEY WILL NEVER FACE THE LAW” is based on the eyewitness account of an Andijan Regional Hospital morgue employee who dealt with the victims from the 2005 massacre in the Ferghana Valley city, and also includes testimony from survivors and their relatives.

The eyewitness was arrested after the shooting of demonstrators, detained and tortured for three months, then forced to work in the morgue. He testified that from September 2005 to February 2007, he examined nearly 500 bodies, and found many with gunshot wounds and evidence of torture

The report also supplies the names and ranks of some of the Andijan prison wardens and administrators who are alleged to have been responsible for the practice of torture including beatings of prisoners, forcing them to stand for hours or pouring of cold water on them and exposing them to the cold, as well as sexual abuse.

Not only are suspects tortured, but their relatives are also summoned for interrogation abused:
I don‘t know what to do. [Crying.] They came to my house and asked me sternly: ―Who gave you the idea to write to the UN? Do you want to see wandhere this will get you?‖ I must also think of the other children. My husband is already in prison, and it‘s up to me to raise these children… [Crying.]

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