EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Kazakhstan: 25 Face Extradition To Uzbekistan – URGENT ACTION Needed!

Posted by Info on 21/03/2011

AI: Twenty-five of the 30 ethnic Uzbek asylum-seekers and refugees detained on 9 June 2010 could be extradited to Uzbekistan in the next few days, where they would be at risk of torture.

The ethnic Uzbek asylum-seekers and refugees had lodged appeals against the Prosecutor General’s September 2010 decision to extradite them to Uzbekistan. These were rejected by a district court in the southern city of Almaty on 15 March.
Independent observers reported that the hearings were summary, with each defendant given as little as three minutes to present their defence. In one of the hearings the judge told the defendants that the court’s only duty was to decide on whether the Prosecutor General’s decision to extradite them was correct, and that it was not going to look into their claims that they would face torture in Uzbekistan.

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