concerned over investigation of Andijan uprising in Uzbekistan
were accused and convicted of crimes in the city of Andijan in
May, 2005, where shocking acts of hooliganism, public disorder,
criminal damage and violence were perpetrated by a band of disorderly
thugs and bandits. Now the UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise
Arbour, expresses concern that the trial was beset by irregularities.
little evidence "apart from confessions" were presented
during the trial, one ponders the question what more evidence
does she want? If the accused confessed to being guilty as the
prosecution had stated, it is a good indication that they are
either guilty or plain mad.
further claims that the defense lawyers were not adequate for
the job - but these were all people with law degrees. How could
they not be adequate? The fact is that the Uzbek authorities have
voluntarily adhered to international standards on free and fair
trials, that qualified lawyers were appointed to defend those
accused, who openly admitted their guilt.
How much more
interference is there to be in the internal and sovereign affairs
of CIS states? If this agency is so worried about human rights
violations, why the absence of activity in Iraq, where US forces
have slaughtered tens of thousands of innocent civilians in an
illegal war based on lies and in which acts of mass murder and
torture have been perpetrated?
It is strange
how invisible certain actions can become while others which do
not exist are seen. When someone does not see something that exists
it is one thing, but to see what does not exist is more complicated.
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