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UN committee condemns Kazakhstan expulsion of asylum-seekers
June 20, 2012
The UN Committee Against Torture has ruled that Kazakhstan's extradition of 29 Uzbek refugees was a violation of international human rights agreements, including the Convention Against Torture. The committee stated in a ruling that the extradited Uzbekistan nationals faced risk of torture in their....... [more]

Kyrgyzstan court issued first convictions for ethnic violence
September 15, 2011
On September 15, 2010, the Nooken District Court in Kyrgyzstan issued the first convictions in connection with the June 2010 ethnic violence, handing down prison terms for eight ethnic Uzbeks. The case stemmed from the murder of a Kyrgyz police officer during the violence, which resulted in the deat....... [more]

Kyrgyzstan opened criminal cases following ethnic rioting
July 9, 2011
On July 9, 2010, the Kyrgyzstan government announced that it had opened more than 1,000 criminal cases stemming from ethnic rioting in the country. Regional officials in Osh, an area in the south of Kyrgyzstan, announced that 106 individuals had been detained, with 97 in custody. The violence result....... [more]

Kyrgyz interim government extended state of emergency
June 20, 2011
On June 20, 2010, the Kyrgyzstan government extended a state of emergency in the southern city of Osh, citing the need to deter ethnic violence. The state of emergency was originally declared by interim President Roza Otunbayeva in the wake of violent protests by the Uzbek ethnic minority after the....... [more]

Uzbekistan government closes local HRW office
March 15, 2011
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday that the Uzbekistan government has ordered the closure of the advocacy group's Uzbek office. HRW learned from the Uzbekistan Supreme Court on March 10 that, after maintaining a presence in the country for 15 years, it would have to vacate its offices in Tash....... [more]

Rights group claims Kyrgyzstan armed forces played role in ethnic clash
August 16, 2010
Kyrgyzstan armed forces played a role in instigating and at times taking part in recent attacks against ethnic Uzbeks, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. HRW also stated that local law enforcement did not provide adequate protection to the Uzbek community during the June 2010 ethnic violence....... [more]

Kyrgyzstan establishes commission to probe ethnic violence
July 15, 2010
Kyrgyz interim President Roza Otunbayeva on Thursday issued a decree establishing a commission to investigate last month's ethnic violence against the country's Uzbek population. The commission is comprised of 30 former government officials, human rights activists and professors, headed by former p....... [more]

Kyrgyzstan opens criminal cases following ethnic rioting
July 10, 2010
The Kyrgyzstan government announced Friday that it has opened more than 1,000 criminal cases stemming from recent ethnic rioting in the country. Regional officials in Osh, an area in the south of Kyrgyzstan, announced that 106 individuals had already been detained, with 97 in custody. The violence....... [more]

UN SG urges Uzbekistan to enforce human rights agreements
April 5, 2010
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Uzbekistan Monday to deliver on promises to improve its human rights record. In a speech to the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent, Ban challenged the former Soviet republic to live up to its obligations as a signatory to various internat....... [more]

UN SG urges Turkmenistan to emphasize human rights
April 2, 2010
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Turkmenistan to place a stronger emphasis on human rights. At a joint press conference with Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Ban said that he, called on the government to fulfill all obligations under international human....... [more]

UN rights committee urges Uzbekistan to investigate 2005 Andijan clashes
March 28, 2010
The UN Human Rights Committee has called on Uzbekistan to carry out an independent investigation into the May 2005 Andijan clashes between Uzbek protesters, soldiers and police that human rights groups claim killed up to 500 people. Uzbek officials have officially put the death toll at 173. The C....... [more]


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