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Kyrgyz Rights Activists Concerned About Missing Uzbek Refugee

Kyrgyz human rights activists are concerned about the fate of an Uzbek refugee who has not been seen since September.

Kyrgyz Ombudsman Tursunbek Akun told RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service that his office launched its own investigation into the disappearance of Khayotjon Jurabayev.

Jurabayev had lived in Kyrgyzstan for a year seeking refugee status.

He was last seen near a mosque in the southern city of Jalal-Abat on September 19.

Human rights activists in Kyrgyzstan fear he may have been kidnapped by Uzbek security services, which have been known to operate in southern Kyrgyzstan where there is a large ethnic Uzbek population.

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