Mar 13, 2007

"Trite Facts" of Torture

From RFE/RL: Uzbekistan says a U.S. government report claiming prisoners in Uzbekistan are routinely tortured is "biased and counterproductive." The annual U.S. State Department report on human rights practices, released last week, also said President Islam Karimov's government arbitrarily arrests its critics, stifles independent media, and convicts peaceful Muslims on trumped-up extremism charges. The Uzbek Foreign Ministry said in a statement today that the ongoing attempts of the State Department to replicate "trite facts and statements" that have already been refuted many times are "pitiful."

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