Kyrgyzstan to deport Andijan refugees to Uzbekistan

Kyrgyzstan to deport Andijan refugees to Uzbekistan

[JURIST] Kyrgyzstan Prosecutor General Azimbek Beknazarov has announced that his government will deport 13 of 29 detained Uzbek refugees accused of participating in a May uprising in in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan [BBC report], rejecting claims the refugees would face torture in Uzbekistan. Kyrgyzstan is also considering a request to extradite 231 additional refugees currently living in a refugee camp. Kyrgyzstan had previously promised not to extradite the refugees [JURIST report]. Human rights groups had urged the government [HRW press release] not to send the refugees back, and the UN has warned that the expulsions could violate the 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention [text]. AFP has more.