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Commonwealth of Independent States/Central Asia: No excuse for escalating human rights violations

, Index number: EUR 04/002/2001

Amnesty International fears that the human rights situation in Central Asia will deteriorate in the weeks and months to come if the governments use the "war against terrorism" to further undermine respect for human rights. Vulnerable groups and individuals, such as members and alleged supporters of banned Islamic opposition parties and movements, independent human rights organizations, Afghan refugees, and ethnic minorities, are of particular concern.

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