(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/16/05) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned the recent massacre of more than 500 Uzbek civilians and called on the Bush administration to intervene in order to prevent further killings. Media reports indicate that security forces fired on protesters last week many of whom were women and children killing more than 500 people and wounding 2000 in the region bordering Kyrgyzstan.
In its statement, the Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group said: “The real test of our commitment to freedom and democracy comes when massive human rights violations are committed by nations we regard as our allies. We condemn this brutal attack on Uzbek civilians and urge the Bush administration to take action in order to prevent further killings. Red Cross and foreign observers should also be allowed entry into Uzbekistan to check the reports that hundreds have been killed in the clashes.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 30 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.