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    press release : muslims in central asia

    24th June 2002
    Hizb ut-Tahrir - Britain
    Suite 298, 56 Gloucester Road
    London, SW7 4UB, United Kingdom
    [email protected]
    Telephone +44-7074-192456


    London, UK, June 24 – A British Government supported two-day international conference begins in Kazakhstan today to examine the recent growth in importance of “the Islamic factor” in the social and political life of the Central Asian countries.

    The conference will focus on Islam and national security in Central Asia and comes at a time when members and supporters of Hizb ut-Tahrir, the worldwide Islamic political party, have launched an international mass media campaign to put the spotlight upon the West’s unscrupulous allies in the “War Against Terrorism”, including the states of Central Asia, and in particular Uzbekistan.

    Far from being the terrorists of the world, the Islamic peoples have been its victims and the “War Against Terrorism” is in fact a war against America’s primary enemies – Islam and the Muslims. The “War Against Terrorism” has undoubtedly provided the USA with a pretext to further her imperial designs throughout the entire world, making the power of the USA, in all its forms, military, strategic and economic, the greatest source of terrorism on earth.

    The USA has supplied arms, security equipment and training to governments and armed groups that have committed torture and political killings in countries around the world. Hundreds of Uzbek Muslims have been subject to capital punishment without trial, Texas-style, and many more thousands have been unlawfully arrested and tortured. Systematic harassment, evidence planting and psychological torture are all too common - a 25-year-old mother of two, Feruza Kurbanov, detained in Shakantaur District Police station was threatened with group rape if she did not confess to being a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir. Musharaf Usmanova, widow of Farhad Usmanov and mother of six, was forcefully arrested by more than 50 members of the Uzbek security service on the 14th of April 2002 - her whereabouts remain unknown.

    The real motive for waging “War Against Terrorism” is not to counter terrorism. The real motive is clearly to establish and strengthen US hegemony and influence over the Islamic lands, their people, and their resources in order to repress any semblance of Islamic resurgence.

    Dr Imran Waheed, a UK based psychiatrist and a representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir, Britain, said, “It insults the intelligence of mindful Muslims to suggest that the war against terrorism is anything other than a war against Islam and the Muslims. America’s support for the oppressive and tyrannical regime of Uzbekistan while it wages a vicious campaign against independent Uzbek Muslims is yet another evidence, if evidence were needed.”

    Dr Imran Waheed
    Representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir, Britain
    E-mail: [email protected] / Phone: +44-7074-192456

    Notes to Editors:

    1. “Throughout the world, on any given day, a man, woman or child is likely to be displaced, tortured, killed or “disappeared”, at the hands of governments or armed political groups. More often than not, the United States shares the blame.” [Amnesty International]

    2. Farhad Usmanov is the 42-year-old son of a well-known Tashkent Imam who was arrested for the alleged possession of a single leaflet of the Islamic political party, Hizb ut-Tahrir, on the 14th of June 1999. After being held incommunicado for eleven days he was brutally murdered at the hands of the Uzbek security apparatus

    3. The organisers of this campaign are members of Hizb ut-Tahrir (The Liberation Party). Hizb ut-Tahrir is a political party whose ideology is Islam. The party works throughout the Islamic world to resume the Islamic way of life by re-establishing the Islamic Khilafah (Caliphate). The party adheres to the Islamic Shari’ah in all aspects of its work, and takes its methodology from that of the Prophet Muhammad that he used to establish the first Islamic State in Madinah. The Prophet Muhammad limited his struggle for the establishment of the Islamic State to the intellectual and political domains. Hence the party considers violence or armed struggle against the regime a violation of the Islamic Shari’ah.

    4. Although a more detailed statement will be released in due course, a 100-page report detailing the persecution of members of Hizb ut-Tahrir and the people of Uzbekistan has been produced and can be obtained from [email protected]. Additionally, a media information pack detailing the aims, objectives and work of Hizb ut-Tahrir has also been prepared. For further information, press enquiries, or to request a media information pack, contact us at [email protected] or on +44-7074-192456


    Yet again the west makes allies with a govternment which has the worst human rights record.