The Hunt for Uzbeks Abroad  

The Andijan massacre and its aftermath drove great numbers of people to flee persecution in Uzbekistan to other countries of the region, including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Russia. The Uzbek government’s drive to have many of these individuals forcibly returned has created a spillover human rights crisis, with a number of individuals already forcibly returned and scores of others facing an immediate danger of such return to near-certain torture and persecution. Details about the whereabouts and fate of those returned are scarce but there is every reason to be concerned about their safety and well-being. The Uzbek government has steadfastly denied access to them for international monitors.

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