A Little More Decert

by Nathan Hamm on 7/16/2004

I feel like I’m turning it up to 11 on this topic, but, I’ve got a few more decertification things for you.

First, Robert Garcia Tagorda has a roundup of a few more articles on US-Uzbek relations.

Since I think I’ve made myself fairly clear on my feelings about the relationship and decertification in particular (most recently here), I won’t respond to these articles. I am amazed at the tone of the Asia Times article, but it does look like it wasn’t written by one of their staffers.

Elizabeth Jones, now in Kazakstan after spending a few days in Tashkent, had this to say about Uzbekistan:

“There has not been progress [in Uzbekistan] in registration of political parties, development of free media, some of the areas that are necessary to make progress in political reform and democratization,” she said. “And we were also not able to point to sufficient progress in economic reform because the economic life of the country is so stagnant.”

Speaking in neighboring Kazakhstan, Jones acknowledged that there had been some progress in Uzbekistan, mentioning that the government had allowed representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross to visit predetention centers to investigate allegations of police torture and that there had been an overall improvement in the training of police officers.

Jones said she believed the Uzbek government would eventually realize that developing the country’s economy and allowing greater political freedoms are key to creating stability in the country.

And finally, Sean-Paul points out a particularly silly piece of the Financial Times article. I’m surprised I missed it, considering it deals with an issue that typically annoys the heck out of me.

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