Past event

Invitation Only

Research Event

Through the Looking Glass: The Andijan Massacre

Chatham House, London

Russia and Eurasia Programme

Participants

Monica Whitlock, producer, Through the Looking Glass: The Andijan Massacre, and former BBC correspondent in Central Asia
Shamsuddin Atamatov

Overview

This event will screen Through the Looking Glass which tells the story of the Andijan massacre in Uzbekistan in May 2005, including contemporary footage and interviews with eyewitnesses.

Over the course of almost 100 days in early 2005, demonstrators had gathered in Andijan, east Uzbekistan, to protest the trial of 23 businessmen for alleged involvement in a banned Islamist organisation. On 13 May, an armed group broke into the prison, freeing the businessmen and other prisoners before mobilising people to attend a protest on the city's main square. In response, the Uzbek security forces sealed off the square and opened fire on the crowds, killing hundreds of people.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Shamsuddin Atamatov. Mr Atamatov was one of the businessmen whose trial led to the original demonstrations in Andijan. He escaped from prison on 13 May, and was a witness to the massacre which followed.

The speakers will discuss the events of May 2005, and the current state of human rights and political freedom in Uzbekistan.

Attendance is by invitation only.

For more information please contact Alex Nice.