Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Stop Persecuting Andijan Refugees’ Families, Uzbekistan!

Posted by Info on 04/05/2010

Human Rights Watch: The Uzbek government is vigorously persecuting the relatives of people it suspects of links to demonstrations in the eastern city of Andijan 5 years ago, when government forces killed hundreds of mostly unarmed protesters.

THE UZBEK GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO INTIMIDATE AND HARASS THE FAMILIES OF ANDIJAN SURVIVORS WHO HAVE SOUGHT REFUGE ABROAD. The police regularly summon them for questioning, subject them to constant surveillance, and threaten to bring criminal charges against them or confiscate their homes. School officials humiliate refugees’ children.

Five years after the massacre, on May 13, 2005, people suspected of having participated in or witnessed the massacre are still being detained, beaten, and threatened. The sentencing on April 30 of Diloram Abdukodirova, an Andijan refugee who returned to Uzbekistan in January, to 10 years and two months in prison, shows the lengths to which the government will go to persecute anyone it perceives as linked to the Andijan events.

Holly Cartner, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “There is a climate of fear in Andijan that is still palpable five years after the atrocities.”

In March and April 2010, Human Rights Watch interviewed 24 individuals who had fled persecution in Andijan. Some of them fled Uzbekistan in 2005 and have long been resettled, while others fled Uzbekistan over the last six months. They described Andijan as a place where their relatives live in constant fear.

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