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Kyrgyzstan To Deport Four Uzbek Refugees

A refugee camp set up on the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border following the bloodshed in Andijon (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) June 19, 2006 -- Kyrgyz authorities say they plan to extradite four Uzbeks who are among those who fled to Kyrgyzstan following a bloody crackdown by the Uzbek government in Andijon last May.

The Uzbek authorities accuse them being involved in criminal activities.

A spokesman for the Kyrgyz Prosecutor-General's Office says no extradition date has yet been set.

The decision comes despite international calls on Bishkek to grant the refugees asylum.


Andijon Refugees

Andijon Refugees

Uzbek refugees in Kyrgyzstan on May 19, 2005 (epa)

NO PLACE TO GO: More than 400 Uzbeks who fled in panic in the hours and days after troops opened fire on demonstrators in Andijon one year ago have been granted political asylum outside Central Asia. In limbo for weeks in Kyrgyzstan as they and the world tried to come to grips with the bloody events of May 12 and 13, they feared for their lives and the lives of family members as the official crackdown continued.... (more)


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THE COMPLETE STORY: A dedicated webpage bringing together all of RFE/RL's coverage of the events in Andijon, Uzbekistan, in May 2005 and their continuing repercussions.


For an annotated timeline of the Andijon events and their repercussions, click here.