UN human rights chief lauds Romania for receiving Uzbek refugees

The United Nations human rights chief has praised Romania’s decision to give temporary shelter to more than 430 Uzbek refugees who fled violent unrest in their homeland two months ago.

UN refugee agency ‘extremely concerned’ for Uzbek detainees in Kyrgyzstan

The United Nations refugee agency today again voiced “extreme concern” over the continued detention of 15 Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan after more than 400 of their compatriots, who fled violence in their homeland two months ago, were flown to Romania on Friday.

UN starts airlifting Uzbek refugees to Kyrgyz capital pending transfer abroad

The United Nations refugee agency today started airlifting 455 Uzbeks who fled unrest in their homeland in May to the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek pending a further transfer to other countries amid intensified pressure from Uzbekistan for the return of 12 among the group.

UN rights chief again calls for independent probe into May killings in Uzbekistan

Citing credible eyewitness testimony “strongly suggesting” that Uzbek military and security forces committed grave human rights violations which could amount to a “mass killing” in May, the United Nations human rights agency today reiterated calls for an independent international probe.

Senior UN official to visit Kyrgyzstan over feared deportation of Uzbek refugees

Reinforcing repeated warnings against the forcible return of asylum-seekers to Uzbekistan, where they could face imminent risk of torture, a senior United Nations refugee official is set to fly to neighbouring Kyrgyzstan tomorrow to seek a solution for some 450 Uzbeks there whose fate remains very uncertain.

UN human rights officials voice concern over allegations of torture in Uzbekistan

Senior United Nations human rights officials today voiced concern over allegations of torture, ill-treatment and arbitrary detention in Uzbekistan in connection with last month’s violent protests in the Andijan region of the Central Asian country.

UN remains concerned over Uzbek refugees staying in camp on Kyrgyzstan border

The United Nations refugee agency today raised concerns about the safety of more than 500 Uzbeks who fled the recent military crackdown in their country to take shelter in a rough camp in neighbouring Kyrgyzstan.

‘Urgent’ visit to Uzbekistan requested by UN expert on arbitrary executions

The United Nations expert on summary or arbitrary executions today requested an invitation from the Government of Uzbekistan for an “urgent” visit following reports that hundreds of people were killed in the eastern city of Andijan last weekend when Government troops opened fire on a protest march.

UN human rights chief urges independent probe into recent violence in Uzbekistan

Deeply concerned by the recent violence and loss of life in Uzbekistan’s eastern city of Andijan, the top United Nations human rights official is urging that an independent investigation be conducted to look into the causes and circumstances of the incidents.

UN refugee agency calls on Uzbek and Kyrgyz Governments to keep border open

After a weekend of deadly violence, and with ongoing tension in the Uzbek city of Andijan and the region around it, the United Nations refugee agency today called on the Governments of both Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to leave open their common boarder to panicked civilians fleeing for safety.