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Health, Rights Groups Say Uzbeks Mistreated In Kyrgyzstan

Around 400,000 ethnic Uzbeks were displaced by the clashes
International health and rights groups say minority ethnic Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan are being deprived of medical treatment and opportunities to seek refuge in neighboring Uzbekistan.

Medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on July 21 that security forces posted near hospitals are deterring many from seeking medical help.

MSF also said police have been carrying out "very organized raids" in ethnic Uzbek regions in the southern city of Osh.

The group also noted a growing number of patients showing signs of cuts or torture.

On July 20, Human Rights Watch said Kyrgyz border guards are denying ethnic Uzbeks their right to seek a safe haven in neighboring Uzbekistan.

Also on July 20, Navi Pillay, the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights, said she had information that Kyrgyz security forces committed abuses such as torture and arbitrary detention in southern Kyrgyzstan.

Clashes between ethnic Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan's Osh and Jalal-Abad regions last month left more than 300 dead and displaced another 400,000.