London, UK , May 12 – One year ago, 7,000 Muslims were butchered in a genocide in Andijan in a concerted effort by the Karimov regime to exterminate Hizb ut-Tahrir members in Uzbekistan . In the main Andijan square in which 50,000 protestors had gathered, Karimov gave orders to Russian Special Forces to kill all demonstrators including the elderly, women and children. This was after his security forces agitated the masses to rise up against Karimov. The Uzbek authorities allowed little or no access to the city following the genocide for independent journalists to verify what really took place.
In the last year, over two hundred Uzbeks have been sentenced for their alleged role in the events in May 2005. The regime has blamed Islamic groups, journalists, media outlets and foreign governments for instigating the events, even though it is clear from eyewitnesses that what happened in Andijan was a brutal government perpetrated massacre of over 7,000 unarmed civilians. Human Rights Watch [HRW] has collated "numerous first-hand testimonies of a brutal police campaign forcing people to 'confess' that they belong to extremist religious organizations, that the protests in Andijan were violent, and that the protesters were armed." HRW also notes that, "the scale of this killing was so extensive, and its nature was so indiscriminate and disproportionate, that it can best be described as a massacre."
Dr Imran Waheed, a media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "The ongoing repression of political dissent in Uzbekistan has continued unabated since the Andijan massacre under the guise of 'fighting terrorism' with the support of Western governments. When crowds demonstrated in Ukraine , Lebanon and Georgia this was welcomed by Western governments as people power but when thousands were butchered by Uzbek security forces these same governments turned a blind eye. This is hypocrisy "supporting unelected dictators who boil their people alive while preaching freedom, democracy and the rule of law."
"However a new dawn is rising in the Muslim world and the blood of the Muslims of Andijan will not have been spilt in vain. Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Muslim Ummah will never forget the criminals who ordered and perpetrated this genocide. We will never bow our heads before tyrants and will work tirelessly day and night to re-establish the Islamic Khilafah which will bring Karimov to justice before discarding him and his ilk in the dustbin of history."