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Kyrgyzstan promises not to deport Uzbek refugees

[JURIST] According to a senior United Nations official, top Kyrgyz officials promised Monday not to forcibly deport Uzbek refugees who fled a bloody May uprising in Andijan [JURIST report]. Approximately 450 of the 500 Uzbeks who originally fled to Kyrgyzstan remain, with four of the refugees deported [JURIST report] earlier this month against UN objections. Assistant UN High Commissioner for Refugees Kamel Morjane stated that Acting Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev [Wikipedia profile] "confirmed that nobody will be sent back forcibly," including the 29 Uzbek refugees detained by Kyrgyz authorities and previously scheduled for return because of alleged crimes [JURIST report]. AP has more.

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