Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Zack shared an eye-opener!

This whole post is copied from my friend, Zack. Brought tears to my eyes and a pain to my heart.

If the only news you usually get is from CNN or Fox News, you are tragically missing out on what’s going on in the world.

There are about 29 million people in Uzbekistan, a country run by a KGB hitman thug. Karimov’s cruelty and lack of respect for his fellow man is mirrored down through the government at every level, and the most startling example is in Uzbek prisons.

I was very close to going to prison there and witnessing the conditions first-hand, and the prospect of that made our country director so nervous that at one point he was trying to get a US military helicopter to hover over our house and air lift us out of our situation.

It’s rumored among the people there that some people are even boiled alive in prison as a method to force prisoners to confess to whatever crime they are accused of.

I once had my passport stolen by a police officer, and he wouldn’t give it back until I wrote a confession stating that I had committed a crime. That was our deal on the surface. He was really trying to intimidate our team into giving him a large sum of money to leave us alone.

All that to say, here’s an article I came across that is worth the five minutes to read it.

Here’s how it starts:

The treatment of prisoners in Uzbek jails has never been good: it has always been bad, but it turns out that the situation is worsening further and there is no limit for this.

Almost legalised mistreatment, corruption and the embezzlement of funds allocated for prisons are complicated further by chaos, established in jails, and the grave general economic situation in the country.

As a result, the lives of about 60,000 inmates in Uzbekistan have changed from hard to unbearable. Inmates are beaten up, mistreated, underfed and forced to do hard jobs.

3 comments:

  1. I still wanna go back though :0)


    PS - the link is broken...

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  2. miss you guys. i never knew just how severe the situation got in Uz.

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