Rights group accuses Uzbek government of cover-up in "massacre"

Rights group accuses Uzbek government of cover-up in "massacre"

[JURIST] New York-based monitoring group Human Rights Watch Tuesday accused the Uzbekistan government of attempting to cover up May a "massacre" in the city of Andijan by blocking an inquiry into the killing of protestors last month by government troops [JURIST report]. The group released a report that said many questions about the killings remain unanswered, including the death toll, which some witnesses place as high as over 500 unarmed demonstrators. The government says the number is 173 and that most of those were armed terrorists. HRW provides a backgrounder on the Uzbekistan incident; the Tuesday report is not yet available online. Reuters has more.

5:30 PM ET – HRW has now posted its report and an accompanying press release.