Karimov is one of the world's worst dictators, he's even boiled opposition activists alive. Yet he's propped up by millions of dollars from the US government, which pays him for military transport across the country. The latest round of brutality against his country's women has turned the global spotlight on this monster. Let's use this awful moment to persuade his biggest backer to ditch him.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton can reinstate military sanctions and push the US and other powers to lift any and all support. She has already publicly condemned Karimov for human rights abuses, and this most recent assault on women's rights -- a topic she champions -- only ups the stakes. Sign the petition below calling on Clinton to end Karimov's reign of terror and stop the brutal attack on women:
Activists estimate tens or even hundreds of thousands of women were sterilised secretly when they went into the hospital for a routine procedure or to give birth -- waking up with no idea that their uterus had just been removed. One Uzbek gynecologist admitted, 'Every doctor is told ... how many women are to be sterilised ... my quota is four women a month'. The use of arbitrary arrest and torture is so widespread that women don't speak out for fear of reprisals, and foreign journalists and human rights activists are routinely thrown out of the country.
It doesn't have to be like this -- the US could play hardball with Karimov, who relies on the steady flow of money from transit to Afghanistan to fund his lavish lifestyle. The human rights horror show in Uzbekistan has gone under the radar for years -- but we have a real chance to break the silence now, using the explosive BBC report that details forced sterilisations, and stand with the brave Uzbek women who have dared to tell their stories in the face of stunning oppression.
Join the call for a victory for justice and human rights in the war on women – click below to sign the petition to Clinton:
Time and again, Avaaz members have stood up for the rights of women around the world. Let's join together now and remind the US that opting for human rights or national interest is a false choice -- and that we'll continue the fight for women's rights wherever they are threatened.
With hope and determination,
Stephanie, Pedro, Morgan, David, Emma, Ricken, Lisa, Wissam and the rest of the Avaaz team
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Uzbekistan's policy of secretly sterilising women, BBC:
Activists boiled alive, Guardian:
Clinton committed to women's rights, Washington Post:
Uzbek crackdown on activists widens, Human Rights Watch:
US Suspends Ban On Military Assistance To Uzbekistan
Clinton criticizes Uzbekistan's human rights record, CNN: