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U.S. urges Uzbekistan to implement its international obligations for human rights.

The U.S. urged Uzbekistan to implement their national and international obligations fully in the field of human rights. The U.S. Embassy in Tashkent made the relevant statement to mark the 10th anniversary of the Andijan events.

In connection with the tenth anniversary of the events that took place in Andijan on 13 May 2005, the United States expresses its deep condolences to the families of all people who had lost their lives or suffered as a result of those events, said the diplomatic mission.

The U.S. Embassy noted many common objectives with Uzbekistan, and highlighted their commitment to the promotion of accountability, reconciliation, democratic reform and human rights protection. Once again, they urged Uzbekistan to fully implement their national and international obligations in the field of human rights.

87 people were killed according to the official data in the Andijan events, but witnesses and international human rights organizations claimed that at least several hundred people were killed.

The Andijan massacre occurred when Uzbek Interior Ministry and National Security Service troops fired into a crowd of protesters. The government at first said the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan organized the unrest and the protesters were members of Hizb ut-Tahrir. Critics argue that the Islamist radical label is a pretext for maintaining the current regime in the country. Whether troops fired indiscriminately to prevent a color revolution or acted legitimately to quell a prison break is also disputed.

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Date:May 14, 2015
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