Commonwealth of Independent States/Central Asia: no excuse for escalating human rights violations

Amnesty International fears that the human rights situation in Central Asia will deteriorate in the weeks and months to come if the governments use the war against terrorism to further undermine respect for human rights. The organization has documented, for several years, human rights violations carried out by the Central Asian authorities. Thus, the organization fears that the governments may further restrict fundamental human rights and freedoms of particularly vulnerable groups and individuals, such as members and alleged supporters of banned Islamic opposition parties and movements, independent human rights organizations, Afghan refugees, and ethnic minorities.

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