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Summary Since 2011, violence in Syria has forcibly displaced at least 1.6 million school-age children to other countries in the region. Before the conflict, more than 90 percent of Syrian children attended primary school and 70 percent…
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Fast-Track Returns Put Refugees at Risk

(Moscow) – Norway should stop using fast-track procedures to return asylum seekers to Russia based on the presumption that it is a safe country of asylum for them, Human Rights Watch said today. Russian and Norwegian authorities plan to meet on February 3…
Refugees and migrants gather near a checkpoint on the Russian-Norwegian border in Murmansk region, Russia on October 30, 2015.
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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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Prosecutors Refuse to Investigate Torture Despite Overwhelming Evidence

(New York) - Kyrgyz authorities' refusal to investigate torture allegations in a case to be reviewed by the Supreme Court on March 29, 2011,  constitutes a serious violation of both Kyrgyz and international law, Human Rights Watch said today. Farrukh…
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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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With New Abuse Reported, Kyrgyz Government Should Protect Uzbek Minority

(Osh) - The Kyrgyz and Uzbek governments should open their borders to allow members of the ethnic Uzbek population in southern Kyrgyzstan to seek protection in Uzbekistan, Human Rights Watch said today. Uzbekistan should make a public announcement once…
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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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I am writing to urge that the government of Kyrgyzstan refrain from forcibly returning to Uzbekistan four Uzbek refugees who have been in Kyrgyz custody since June 2005. Returning them to Uzbekistan would violate Kyrgyzstan’s obligations under…
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Council of Europe Rejects Minimum Standards for Diplomatic Assurances

A Council of Europe expert group has rightly decided not to develop guidelines for the acceptable use of diplomatic assurances to justify sending people to places where they are at risk of torture, Human Rights Watch said today. “We welcome this decision…
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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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Regional Group Should Defend Member State Kyrgyzstan From Uzbek Pressure

(New York) - A regional security group of Central Asian countries along with Russia and China, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization should condemn the Andijan massacre committed by government forces of its member state Uzbekistan, Human Rights Watch said…
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Western Governments Must Press for Their Resettlement in Safe Countries

After fleeing the May 13 massacre in Andijan, Uzbek asylum seekers in Kyrgyzstan now face the danger of unlawfully being sent back to Uzbekistan, where they would be at risk of torture and other grave abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. Western…
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Letter to EU Member States’ Foreign Ministers

Dear Foreign Minister: We are writing to you subsequent to the violence in Andijan, eastern Uzbekistan, where possibly hundreds of demonstrators were killed by Uzbek security forces on May 13, to urge the European Union to suspend the Partnership and…
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Refugees Should Be Moved to Safer Location with Humane Conditions

The Kyrgyz government must ensure that Uzbek asylum seekers fleeing the recent government killings in Uzbekistan are not forced to return to their country, where they remain at great risk, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch called on the…
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(Washington, DC) - Under President Bush's November 13th Military Order on military commissions, any foreign national designated by the President as a suspected terrorist or as aiding terrorists could potentially be detained, tried, convicted and even…