Redmond said Kazakh authorities should not obey an extradition request from Uzbekistan for Shamsuddinov because the 1951 Geneva Convention forbids the forced return of refugees and asylum seekers to their country of origin.
"[To return Shamsuddinov to Uzbekistan] is in complete breach of the 1951 Convention for Refugees, which makes it very clear that refugees and asylum seekers cannot be forcibly returned to their country of origin," Redmond's spokeswoman, Marie-Helene Verney, told RFE/RL on 5 July.
Hundreds of Uzbeks fled the country after troops fired on protesters in the town of Andijon on 13 May. Rights groups say the unrest left hundreds dead.
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