Global Policy Forum

Cruel but Quite Usual

The former Soviet state of Uzbekistan has a notorious record for human rights abuses. Torture and police violence are often justified in the name of the fight against Muslim “extremism” and Uzbek domestic politics are deeply divided. This correlates directly to Uzbekistan’s positive international relations with NATO and the US and through its support for the war against the Taliban. In this documentary, Al Jazeera investigates the cases of Uzbeks seeking refuge abroad in order to escape the oppressive regime and paints a harrowing picture of torture, detainment and deportation.

March 31, 2011


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