Karimov's Crackdown

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Numbered graves mark the unidentified victims of the May 13 Andijan clashes

Uzbek president Islam Karimov doesn't take kindly to criticism. He's branded opponents as Islamic extremists and imprisoned over 6,000 of them in a penal system where, according to the U.S. State Department and the U.N., torture is "routine" and "systematic." But after the Uzbek military reportedly killed at least 500 people after an uprising in Andijan two weeks ago, Karimov is under fire from a source that's more difficult to suppress: the international community.

The British have called for an investigation into the shootings, as have the U.N. and the European Union. Craig Murray, the ambassador Britain recalled...