The EU has lifted an arms embargo against Uzbekistan, despite continuing concerns about human rights in the Central Asian nation. The embargo was imposed in 2005, after Uzbek government troops killed more than 100 mainly unarmed opposition protesters in the city of Andijan. EU foreign ministers said the aim was to further encourage the Uzbek authorities to improve human rights. International human rights groups have strongly criticized the EU's move. The EU imposed sanctions on Uzbekistan in 2005 after the authorities rejected calls for an international inquiry into the events in Andijan. (BBC)

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