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Uzbek-Kyrgyz tensions will continue without justice for victims of violence, UN told

Ethnic tensions between Uzbeks and Kyrgyz since deadly clashes last year will not be resolved until there is a full investigation into the violence and the perpetrators are punished, Uzbekistan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today.

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Uzbek journalist in Kyrgyzstan

The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which works to promote press freedom globally, today condemned the recent murder of Uzbek journalist Alisher Saipov in Kyrgyzstan.

Annan warns of no improvement in Uzbek human rights since last year, urges action

Painting a very grim picture of the human rights situation in Uzbekistan, including torture, harassment and a lack of access and independent investigation into the killings in Andijan in 2005, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today warned there has been no progress over the past year and urged the Government to improve things.

Kyrgyzstan’s asylum system further eroded as five Uzbeks disappear, warns UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency said today it was gravely concerned over the fate of five Uzbek asylum-seekers who have “disappeared” in recent weeks from southern Kyrgyzstan, warning this latest incident shows an erosion of the Kyrgyz asylum system as it follows the expulsion earlier this month of several Uzbeks back to their homeland.

UN agency praises Kazakh decision not to extradite refugee to Uzbekistan

The United Nations refugee agency today warmly welcomed a decision by Kazakhstan’s authorities not to extradite an Uzbek refugee, despite a request from Uzbekistan, but instead to hand him over to the UN for immediate permanent resettlement with his family.

Refugees sent back to Uzbekistan at ‘serious risk’ of torture, warns UN rights chief

The top United Nations human rights official warned today that the four Uzbek refugees and one asylum seeker sent home by Kyrgyzstan earlier this week face a “serious risk” of torture, as she called for immediate international access to the five detainees and urged Kyrgyz authorities.

UN agency fears for the safety of Uzbek refugees after Kyrgyzstan sends them back

Expressing shock at Kyrgyzstan’s extradition of four Uzbek refugees and one asylum seeker back to Uzbekistan, the United Nations refugee agency said today it feared for their safety, stressed that the forced return violated the 1951 Refugee Convention and called on the Uzbek authorities to grant humanitarian access to the deportees.

UN agency appeals to Kazakhstan not to deport arrested Uzbek refugee

Expressing concern about an Uzbek refugee arrested by Kazakh security agents last week in the capital Almaty, allegedly at the request of Uzbekistan, the United Nations refugee agency today appealed to the Government not to deport him but to allow the agency access and provide further information.

UN refugee agency ‘extremely concerned’ over Uzbek refugees after Kyrgyz court ruling

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today it was “extremely concerned” about the fate of four Uzbek refugees in detention in Kyrgyzstan, who fled their country after last year’s killings in the city of Andijan, following a decision on Tuesday by the country’s Supreme Court which means that all four have now been denied refugee status.

UN refugee agency calls on Kyrgyz Government not to forcibly return Uzbek refugees

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) today repeated calls to the Kyrgyz Government not to forcibly return four refugees to Uzbekistan who fled their country after last year’s killings in the city of Andijan, saying such extraditions would violate the 1951 UN Refugee Convention.