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Reports of Ill-Treatment Show Need for Transparency, Monitoring


 (Paris) – Uzbek authorities should immediately and unconditionally release an Afghan citizen whose 13-year imprisonment and alleged torture in custody have only recently become known, the Association for Human Rights in Central Asia, International…
A guard in a solitary confinement block at an unidentified prison in Uzbekistan. Prisoners in solitary confinement in Uzbekistan’s prisons experience cramped cells without bedding—some in total darkness, others with permanent bright lights
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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 government of Kazakhstan must not return to Uzbekistan an Uzbek refugee currently in custody in the Kazakh city Almaty, Human Rights Watch said today. Gabdurafih Temirbaev, who fled religious persecution in Uzbekistan, would be at risk of torture and…
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We write to express profound concern about the recent detention of Gabdurafih Temirbaev, an Uzbek national recognized as a refugee by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) who, according to unconfirmed reports, is in the…
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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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Human Rights Watch sent a letter today to Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev asking him not to extradite five Uzbek refugees who would likely face torture if returned to Uzbekistan. Dear President Bakiev, We are respectfully writing to you to raise an…
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Men Face Torture Back Home

Uzbekistan has requested the extradition of five men for their alleged involvement in violent acts during the protest in Andijan in May 2005. Kyrgyz authorities must not return refugees to Uzbekistan where they are at risk of torture, Human Rights Watch…
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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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The Kyrgyz authorities today sent four Uzbek asylum seekers back to Uzbekistan, which they had fled after the May 13 massacre in Andijan, Human Rights Watch said today. Such “forced” returns violate Kyrgyzstan’s obligations under international law. Human…
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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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(Geneva) — With a membership that includes governments responsible for crimes against humanity, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights meeting in Geneva next week must take dramatic steps to restore its sinking credibility, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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Government Broadly Targets Dissident Muslims in Response to March-April Violence

The Uzbek government has resorted to torture, incommunicado detention and unfair trials in its response to violent attacks in the country in March and April, Human Rights Watch said in letters to the Uzbek president. In particular, the authorities have…
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(Geneva) – The United Nations should appoint a high-level expert to monitor the impact of counter-terrorist measures on human rights, Human Rights Watch urged today. In a new report released at the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, Human Rights Watch…
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The lives of thousands of Afghan civilians are being placed at risk by border control and immigration policies that have tightened since the September 11 attacks in the United States, Human Rights Watch said today. Tens of thousands of Afghan civilians…