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Uzbek president opposes UN rights probe

[JURIST] Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov [BBC profile] told UN Secretary General Kofi Annan Thursday that he did not want an immediate probe conducted by UN human rights officials into recent violence in the eastern part of Uzbekistan. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official website] had on Wednesday called for an international inquiry [JURIST report] into reports of civilians killed [JURIST report] by Uzbekistan security forces. Karimov suggested that brief diplomatic and press tours were sufficient to allieviate concerns about violence in the region. The US, which has a military base in Uzbekistan, supports the UN probe. Reuters has more.

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