Kyrgyzstan has said it will extradite the 15. Uzbekistan accuses some of them of terrorism and belonging to a banned Islamic group.
Uzbekistan's Foreign Ministry yesterday strongly criticized the UN for airlifting 440 other Uzbek refugees from Kyrgyzstan to Romania last week.
The refugees also fled violence in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijon in May.
Western governments, the UN, and international rights groups have told Kyrgyzstan that it will be violating international law if it returns refugees to Uzbekistan, where they could face the risk of torture and execution.
Karimov Battens Down The Hatches