Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Violence Spreading In Southern Kyrgyzstan

Posted by Info on 13/06/2010

Interethnic clashes spread in southern Kyrgyzstan on June 12, as the provisional government struggled to stop the violence and Russia expressed reluctance to quickly intervene.

Uzbekistan’s state border remained officially closed on June 12, although witnesses described overwhelmed border guards as unable to completely stop the flood of refugees from entering the country. Uzbek border officials said they had not received orders from Tashkent on whether to admit would-be refugees from Kyrgyzstan. In some areas along the border, those attempting to flee were setting up makeshift camps.

Russia declined to immediately respond to a Kyrgyz provisional government appeal to send in Russian troops, Roza Otunbayeva, Kyrgyzstan’s provisional president, issued a decree ordering the partial mobilization of the armed forces, with the apparent intention of using the country’s military in a domestic context. The partial mobilization would commence on June 13

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