Uzbekistan and the Andijon Massacre One Year Later: The Politics of Tragedy

Monday, March 6, 2006
1:00pm-5:00pm
Kellogg Center 15th floor (Room 1501) International Affairs Building

On May 13, 2005, a week that had begun with rows of relatives and friends of a group on trial in Andijon sitting in support had within a few days drawn crowds of several thousand onto the Babur Square and into the streets culminated in a sudden attack by troops of Uzbekistan’s army and special forces that fired into the crowd. The pretext was that there were armed Islamist militants among the crowd. The resulting deaths were estimated at close to a thousand by local residents, but placed at less than two hundred by the government. The call for an international investigation into the event by many human rights organizations and European countries continues to be rejected by the Uzbekistan government. This conference will explore the actions of many participants on that day with insights from survivors and the analysis of specialists on the region.

PROGRAM:

PRESENTERS:

Galima Bukharbaeva

(Press Freedom Group Andijon 2005 and Columbia School of Journalism)

“Andijon and the Evidence of Massacre”

Peter Sinnott

(Lecturer, Harriman and Middle East Institutes, School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University)

“The Andijon Massacre: Karimov’s Uzbekistan and the Politics of Morality”

Alisher Ilkhomov

(Research Associate, SOAS, University of London)

“Are the “Akromia” an Extremist Movement or the Beginning of an Islamic Social Democracy?"

Lutfullo Shamsuddinov

(Chairman, Andijon branch of the Human Rights Organization of Uzbekistan)

“An Eyewitness Account of the May Events in Andijon”

Acacia Shields

(Senior Researcher on Central Asia, Human Rights Watch)

“The Government’s Crackdown Following the Andijon Massacre”

DISCUSSANT

Sergei Kalamytsau

(Central Asian Program Researcher, International League of Human Rights)

Program is subject to change.

Refreshments to follow.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

CO-SPONSORED BY THE SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY