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  • Tuesday, March 21, 2006

    Uzbeks give UN refugee agency a month to leave

    The Independent today reports that the brutal Uzbek regime is forcing the UN's refugee agency out of the country:

    The UNHCR recognised most as refugees and evacuated 439 of the Uzbeks from Kyrgyzstan to Romania. In recent weeks, the dispute has come down to four Uzbek refugees, two of whom were denied asylum by the Kyrgyz Supreme Court in February despite their being granted refugee status by the UN. The UNHCR has urged the Kyrgyz government not to return the four to Uzbekistan, where rights groups say they might be tortured.

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