Eight years have passed after one of the worst massacres in the former Soviet Union since its collapse. On May 13, 2005, security forces in the city of Andijan, Uzbekistan, opened fire on protesters, the vast majority unarmed, killing hundreds of men, women and children as they tried to flee. No one has been held accountable, and the authoritarian president, Islam Karimov, has defied calls for an independent investigation.
Since then Uzbekistan’s reputation as one of the world’s worst human rights abusers has only grown. In a brutal crackdown after the massacre, Uzbek authorities imprisoned dozens of human rights defenders and journalists and ejected human rights groups and international media from the country. Torture is rampant. In a shocking case from April 2012, officials beat Gulnaza Yuldasheva, who had been investigating officials’ involvement in human trafficking, with a rubber truncheon, dragging her by her hair before she lost consciousness.
Photo 1: A man mourning at the funeral for his brother, who was killed during the Andijan events. © 2005 Yola Monakhov
Photo 2: A local resident carrying a child, walks by an Uzbek soldier in downtown Andijan, Uzbekistan on May 13, 2005. © 2005 AP Image
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I will forever reblog this image. It is absolutely the most beautiful picture taken of the Ka’abah.
I have to agree, absolutely amazing and breathtaking
It’s sad how everything changed and how they’re trying to make it look more “modern” it won’t look like masjidd when they’re done with all the reconstruction. It actually broke my heart when I saw the video of how they want it to look like. 💔😔