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Risk of Torture, Ill-Treatment

  UPDATE: On August 4, the European Court of Human Rights issued a preliminary injunction ordering Russia not to deport Khodoberdi Nurmatov to Uzbekistan, until the court can review his case.   (Moscow) – An Uzbek…
Ali Feruz at Basmanny district court in Moscow waiting for his hearing in the evening of August 1, 2017.
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It would appear obvious to anyone paying the least bit of attention to the turmoil in Ukraine that it’s not the safest place to be right now. But in the eyes of the United Kingdom, France and Norway, Ukraine is considered a “safe country of origin.” That…
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Protect Refugees, Asylum Seekers From Forced Returns

(Bishkek) –An Uzbek refugee has been missing from Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, since February 18, 2013. Another asylum seeker from Uzbekistan is in custody while he contests an extradition order issued by the Kyrgyz authorities in violation of…
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Shocking Mass Extradition of Uzbeks to Risk of Torture

(Astana) - The Kazakh government has violated international law by forcibly returning at least 28 Uzbeks to Uzbekistan, putting their lives and well-being at risk, Human Rights Watch said today. The forced returns on June 9, 2011, signal…
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Respect International Obligations

June 9 Update  - A June 7 letter to Kazakhstan's prosecutor general and June 7 press release urging respect for the principle of non refoulement contained errors in the listing of individuals previously returned by Kazakh authorities to Uzbekistan. The…
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Disappointing Record on Reforms During OSCE Chairmanship

UPDATE: Human Rights Watch sent a letter to the Kazakhstan prosecutor general on December 2,  expressing concern about the fate of 29 Uzbek asylum seekers in custody of the Kazakh authorities and facing extradition to Uzbekistan. ---------- (Astana) -…
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(OSH)  - "They don't stop beating me. Please, sell your house, your car, your last things to get me out of here." Nafiza (not her real name) recalls the words from memory, written by her 37-year-old son in a letter smuggled out of prison by a policeman…
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Investigate Whereabouts of Father and Son

Update: Sanjar and Savarbek Khudaiberganov are now back in Kyrgyzstan. When they arrived in Osh on August 6, they immediately reported to UNHCR. Human Rights Watch remains deeply concerned about Sanjar Khudaiberganov's safety in Kyrgyzstan and urges that…
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  President Kurmanbek Bakiev Dom Pravitelstva Bishkek 720003 Kyrgyz Republic Dear President Bakiev, I am writing to urge your government to ensure that asylum seekers and refugees in Kyrgyzstan fully enjoy the protections to which they are entitled…
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World Leaders Must Push Kyrgyz Government to Protect Refugees

Four Uzbek asylum seekers have disappeared from southern Kyrgyzstan in the past week, raising fears that they were forcibly returned to Uzbekistan, Human Rights Watch said today. “We’re afraid these men have been handed over to Uzbek authorities and that…
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The Kyrgyz government today violated international law by forcibly returning four Uzbek refugees and one asylum seeker to Uzbekistan, putting their lives and well-being at risk, Human Rights Watch said. This action signals Kyrgyzstan’s disturbing…
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The government of Kyrgyzstan must not return four Uzbek refugees to Uzbekistan, Human Rights Watch said today. With their Kyrgyz judicial appeals now exhausted, the fate of the four men, who have been in Kyrgyz custody since June 2005, is in the hands of…
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New Eyewitness Details of November Returns

The government of Kazakhstan must investigate the forced return of Uzbek nationals who sought refuge in Kazakhstan, and hold accountable the officials responsible, Human Rights Watch said today. “These men went to Kazakhstan seeking safety, but now face…
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Ukraine has deported 10 asylum seekers to Uzbekistan, where they face torture and abuse, Human Rights Watch said today. These deportations violate international law. On the night of February 14-15, a group of 10 Uzbek men was deported to Uzbekistan,…
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Uzbek Government Assurances No Safeguard Against Torture

Kyrgyzstan should reject the Uzbekistan government’s proposal that the Kyrgyz return four refugees in exchange for Uzbek government assurances not to torture the men, Human Rights Watch said today. The Uzbek government has offered diplomatic assurances…
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In a landmark decision on October 3, the European Union agreed to sanction Uzbekistan over its refusal to allow an independent inquiry into the recent massacre in the city of Andijan. Human Rights Watch has steadfastly called on the international…