Dupes of Islam
would think that the human rights activists could find someone more
worthy to defend then a bunch of crazed Muslims in
intent on reestablishing the Caliphate. Apparently, those human rights
activists, just like Jimmy Carter, have given no thought over what
happens when those crazed Muslims are allowed to go about their
business. Can anyone say
issue is not religious persecution. It is an issue of whether the Uzbek
government has the right to act against treasonous forces that are
trying to recreate
in their back yard.
hear some of the cackle from these “Dupes of Islam. I will note that
it is more than a page into the report of Human Rights Watch that you
get to the truth, i.e., that those being persecuted are trying to
overthrow the state and establish the Caliphate.”
Uzbek government is conducting a merciless campaign against peaceful
Muslim dissidents," said Rachel Denber, acting executive director
of Human Rights Watch’s Europe and
Division. "The scale and brutality of the operations against
“independent Muslims” make it clear that these are part of a
concerted and tightly-orchestrated campaign of religious
Just last month, a 62-year-old woman, Fatima Mukhadirova, was convicted
on charges of religious extremism after she had spoken out about the
torture and death of her son in custody. Her son, imprisoned for
"religious extremism," died in prison in August 2002 after he
was apparently submerged in boiling water. Mukhadirova was released
following international outcry. But police raids and arrests continue
unabated and at least 26 independent Muslims have been convicted since
The Uzbek government has branded independent Muslims as
"extremists" or "Wahhabis"—a pejorative term used
by the Uzbek government to suggest people are “fundamentalists” and
not as a reference to actual believers in Wahhabism as practiced in
. They are imprisoned on charges of "subversion,"
"encroachment on the constitutional order," or
"anti-state activities." They are arrested, tried in grossly
unfair proceedings, and receive sentences of up to twenty years in
prison. Those targeted for arrest include people whom the state deems as
"too pious," including those who pray at home or wear a
beard—which is a sign of piety.
The report refutes the Uzbek government's frequent claim that the arrest
of nonviolent Muslim dissidents is necessary to counter terrorism. In
1999 and 2000, a militant group known as the Islamic Movement of
conducted armed operations in the region. The Uzbek government has
blamed the IMU for a series of bomb attacks that took place in
in February 1999. However, the people whose cases are featured in this
report—like thousands of others targeted in the government
crackdown—were not charged with involvement in those bombings or
accused of membership in the IMU, but were instead imprisoned for their
peaceful religious beliefs and practices.
In mass public denunciations reminiscent of the Stalin era, government
officials parade independent Muslims or their relatives in front of
assembled members of their community, and vilify them as
"traitors" or "enemies of the state." Police arrest
and torture the relatives of so-called extremists, sometimes holding
them hostage in police custody until the suspect turns himself over to
More than half of the government’s targets have been members of the
“nonviolent” Islamic group, Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation)”.
This group, at once a religious and political organization, advocates
the establishment of the Caliphate—a form of Islamic state—in
and other traditionally Muslim countries.
Note: Al Qaeda is trying to reestablish the Caliphate too. Is Al Qaeda
just the violent arm of Hizb ut-Tahir? Does Al Qaeda simply take
responsibility for Hizb ut-Tahir’s crimes and those of other Islamic
groups so that those groups are nonviolent?
get further sympathy, Human Rights Watch brings up the Stalin era! Why
the hell don’t they bring up the Khomeni era in
? Damn, you have about 4,000 women in jail in
for having been raped. Is that what Human Rights Watch is looking to
have happen in
? My view is that it is clear that by advocating the Caliphate, Hizb
ut-Tahir is trying to overthrow the
government. Isn’t that treason?
make sure that our government doesn’t put undo pressure on
for doing the right thing.