Central Asia: The Silent Massacre

Posted by on Oct 1, 2010 in Columns and Letters

There is a silent massacre that has been going on for more than a decade with very little coverage in the Western media. Despite the horrific nature of the oppression under which the people of Central Asia are living, and numerous observers and whistle blowers describing the sheer terror, it seems like a non-issue for the freedom loving West.

There are thousands of political prisoners in the jails of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. A Glor Moslamach member who has spoken to people who’ve visited this part of the world, describing unreal and unbelievable scene. An atmosphere of horror and fear pervades everywhere.

There are documented cases of people tortured and literally boiled to death in jails. Stories of people disappearing and women being raped and forcibly sterilized are common. Only recently we have seen extremely disturbing visual evidence of the torture and murder of an innocent young man in Kyrgyzstan.

Back in 2003, the British Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray started hearing about cases where false confessions of affiliation with Al Qaeda were taken by Uzbek authorities after allegedly torturing suspects. These events are recounted in his book Murder in Samarkand.

He personally attended the courts where those false cases were being conducted, and describes one event where an old man stood up to the judge, saying that the police tortured his little son in front of him to make him confess that he was a member of Al Qaeda, whereas in reality he is just a poor farmer from Andijan.

Murray also received photographs of victims of the regime of Uzbekistan’s President Karimov, which he sent to Scotland Yard for forensic analysis. These revealed that the victim was tortured and placed in boiling water till he die. Murray informed his government in London about these incidents, but was shocked when the authorities refused to take up the matter with the Uzbeks. The Home Office, led by Jack Straw at the time, simply told him to shut up; when the Ambassador refused to do that, he was dismissed from his post.

In 2005, more than 500 protestors were killed by security forces in the Uzbek town of Andijan. Behind all this brutality was none other than the State of Russia, which directly influences these Central Asian countries that were formerly part of the Soviet Union.

In the past few years we have seen Russia increasingly reasserting itself as a power player on the world’s stage. Historical, religious and ideological differences aside, the Russians should realise that they can benefit tremendously if they genuinely extend a hand of friendship towards the Muslim world. The first test of this sincerity would be instructing the Central Asian states to stop their brutality against their own peoploe, and to stop fearing Islam.

We want our readers to search and read about this ongoing silent massacre in these countries (we particularly recommend Sean Moncrieff’s book Stark Raving Rulers). Perhaps someone could enlighten us as to why the Western Media is not in a frenzy over this unspeakable evil?

 

 

One Comment

  1. 3-10-2013

    Western media is beginning to lose its fake charm and luster since the advent and popularity of social media. Because of three reasons. Firstly, social media gives people a choice as to what they want to see. Secondly, social media is interactive. Thirdly, social media allows alternative viewpoints to some extent unlike mainstream media that is one sided and biased for most purposes.