The 15 Uzbeks, 11 of whom have been accepted for resettlement by Finland, the Netherlands, and Sweden, took refuge in Kyrgyzstan in May after security forces violently suppressed an uprising in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijon.
Pagonis said the UNHCR is also concerned for another four Uzbeks who were deported to Uzbekistan in June in contravention of international law. UNHCR has not been able to have access to them.
Pagonis said Uzbek authorities earlier this week informed UNHCR that the four were "self-confessed criminals" who had returned voluntarily.
UN Comments On Resettlement Of Uzbek Refugees