- Our witness was arrested after the Andijan massacre, and detained and tortured for three months before he was released and then ordered to work for the Andijan regional morgue. Between September 2005 and February 2007, he examined nearly 500 bodies at the morgue. This was done under the close supervision of the National Security Services (SNB) who were bringing the bulk of these corpses in, many of which had gunshot wounds and bore evidence of having been recently tortured. Personnel were ordered to conceal evidence of gunshots or stabbing wounds on the bodies and were required to falsify causes of death. No official records about these bodies were kept at the hospital.
- This account was supported by another source. Khusnutdin Kutbitdinov, an independent journalist working for the Uzbek-language service of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, travelled to Andijan one week after the massacre who managed to interview a few employees of the Andijan hospital where the majority of the wounded were treated. According to the employees, the security services had set up a command center in the intensive care unit where they carried out interrogations of anyone who had witnessed the events.
According to Kutbitdinov and three other sources, the hospital was under the guard of the security services as long as a year after the Andijan events. Dozens of the private homes near the massacre site still remain empty. Five years after the tragedy, none of the neighbors would talk to Kubitdinov about what had happened to the owners or why plainclothes agents continued to keep watch over these buildings.
- Nematillo Botakouziyev, a human rights activist from Kyrgyzstan, helped us gather a number of letters from prisoners at Andijan prison, some of which are published in this report and tell the inside story of the prison during and after the massacre.
- Local human rights activists provided us with information on the high mortality rates in Uzbek detention facilities. Some of these activists had the opportunity to examine the bodies of a few inmates who were tortured to death and provided us with a few photographs from their archives. The activists uncovered prison cells used to house prisoners who went insane from the torture. None of them have been amnestied on health grounds, and they continue to languish in prison.