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UN human rights chief wants observers at Uzbek trials of accused rebels

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile] announced [official text] Friday that she intends to send an official observer to the Uzbekistan trial of protestors accused of plotting a rebellion during the spring Andijan uprising [HRW backgrounder] in the east of the country. Arbour had already written to the Uzbek government requesting information on the accused detainees and access to the places they are being held until their trial. The Uzbek government has already put 15 people on trial [JURIST report] for their involvement in the May 13 uprising, which led to government troops killing as many as 500 protesters [JURIST report]. Reuters has more.

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