Kyrgyzstan plans to extradite 15 Uzbek asylum seekers

Kyrgyzstan plans to extradite 15 Uzbek asylum seekers

[JURIST] Kyrgyz prosecutor Nurlan Jeenaliyev said Monday that Kyrgyzstan [JURIST news archive] will return 15 Uzbek refugees back to their home country over the objections of the UN and some rights groups. The announcement came after weeks of diplomacy about the status of hundreds of Uzbeks who sought asylum in neighboring Kyrgyzstan in May after Uzbek forces crushed an uprising in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan [JURIST report]. The UN sent 440 Uzbek refugees to Romania [JURIST report] last week, angering the Uzbek government [JURIST report], but Kyrgyzstan held back 15 asylum seekers it had arrested in the city of Osh. AP has more.