No More Andijans! Stop the Sale of Military Hardware to Uzbekistan!
Association for Human Rights in Central Asia A. France
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The British Ministry of Defence plans to sell military hardware leftover from Afghanistan. It has also come to light that Uzbekistan is seeking to buy combat equipment, including armoured vehicles and military helicopters from the US and Germany. History shows that the Karimov regime had no compunction against using military force against its own people. Between 500 and 700 people, including women and children, were killed when government forces shot into crowds of peaceful protesters in Andijan in May 2005. Should new mass protests break out, there is no doubt that military equipment will again be used against civilians. We, therefore, call upon the British Parliament to hold on with the deal until having reviewed the range of the proposed arms and military equipment for sale to determine whether it can be used against civilians. We urge the U.S. and Germany to take similar measures to prevent the sale of lethal or dual-use military equipment to Uzbekistan.
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