EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Asylum Seekers In Isolation In Uzbekistan After Expulsion From Kazakhstan

Posted by Info on 03/07/2011

The 29 asylum seekers extradited from Kazakhstan at Uzbekistan’s request remain in isolation three weeks after their arrival in Uzbekistan. The men are accused of religious extremism and attempting to overthrow Uzbekistan’s constitutional system.
Those men may face torture by Uzbek security services.

The asylum seekers are in isolation and cannot engage independent lawyers to defend them.
Their relatives are not being allowed to see them.

The men – asylum seekers fled Uzbekistan because they were being persecuted for their religious views. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees had granted some of the men refugee status but later annulled this.
Extradition trials rejected their asylum claims and ended in the men’s extradition from Kazakhstan.

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