Is it Ethical to Work with Uzbekistan in Fighting Terrorism?

June 5, 2013 by Open Doors in Stories of Persecution


Awhile back I wrote a blog on an article I had read about the United States remaining allies with eight countries, notorious for human rights violations. Uzbekistan was one of the countries noted on this list. Despite their many human rights violations (child labor, lack of religious freedom), the United States has held tight bonds with this country, in hopes of winning the war in Afghanistan.

With Uzbekistan’s close proximity to Afghanistan, the United States has wrestled with the notion of increasing their partnership with this country. The main stronghold holding the United States government back was the human rights violations in Uzbekistan. However, last month that stronghold was broken.

According to an article by the Telegraph, the United States will now be supplying Uzbekistan with non-lethal military aid. “This’ll enhance the Uzbeks’ ability to counteract transnational terrorism,” says US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland. “It’s defensive in nature, and it’s also supportive of their ability to secure the routes in and out of Afghanistan.”

This is the first time the military aid has been sent to Uzbekistan since it was initially suspended on human rights violations in 2003. Many human rights groups have argued that human rights violations have not improved since this time and that this act is purely for military gain.

So what do you think? Do you think the United States government should join forces with a country, known for its human rights violations, to fight terrorism? If so, is non-lethal military aid the best way to do this? Why or why not?

Please share your thoughts on this- I truly believe that we can learn a lot from each other and our different perspectives on this matter.