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More Uzbeks sentenced for Andijan uprising

[JURIST] Lower courts in Uzbekistan [JURIST archive] Saturday sentenced 25 more men found guilty of involvement in the May 2005 Andijan uprising. Thirteen defendants were sentenced by the Tashkent provincial court and 12 by the Tashkent city court; all received at least 20 years in prison. Authorities have meanwhile confirmed that hearings are underway for 58 other individuals [JURIST report] in connection with the uprising. Last month, the Supreme Court of Uzbekistan sentenced the 15 men convicted of masterminding the uprising [JURIST report] that resulted in the killing of an estimated 500 civilians by Uzbek police [JURIST report] to between 14 and 20 years in prison. The US State Department and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the previous trial as unfair and "based on evidence that isn't credible," calling for an independent investigation [JURIST report] into the trial. The EU has issued an embargo [JURIST report] against dealing arms to Uzbekistan that might be used for "internal repression" and has imposed sanctions [JURIST report] against the country for failing to allow an independent investigation [JURIST report] of the incident. BBC News has more.

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