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After Violence in Uzbekistan, Authorities Launch New Roundup

Arbitrary arrests and torture have been routine under President Islam Karimov’s rule, according to the U.S. government and human rights groups, which estimate that about 7,000 people are being held in Uzbek prisons because of their political or religious beliefs. In the aftermath of five days of explosions and gunfire that have killed at least 47 people this week, authorities are again going door to door inspecting documents, making what they call “preventative” arrests of people on watch lists and even rounding up more prosperous Uzbeks so they can extract money for their release, according to witnesses. Full Story

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