Silence After The Storm

MIKHAIL METZEL / AP

Zainabitdinov could face five years in jail

The government of Uzbekistan violently quelled an uprising in Andijan in mid-May; now it's harrying those who contradict the official version of events. Late last month, Uzbek President Islam Karimov's security police arrested human-rights campaigners across the country, including lawyer Saidjahon Zainabitdinov. It was Zainabitdinov who alerted international human-rights monitors that the government might not be telling the whole story about what happened in Andijan.

Uzbek authorities claimed that 173 people died, mostly militants. But based on first-hand experience and other eyewitness accounts, Zainabitdinov said the death toll could be as high as 1,000 — and demanded an...

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