Wednesday 24 August 2005
August 23, 2005
Uzbekistan Says UNHCR Is Protecting Criminals
Uzbek refugees being sent by the UN to Romania from Kyrgyzstan last month 23 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Tashkent accuses the United Nations' refugee agency of protecting criminals and terrorists by opposing deportations of Uzbek asylum seekers from Kyrgyzstan.
August 22, 2005
Uzbekistan: Samarkand Hit By Country's First Post-Andijon Protests
Uzbek security forces in Andijon in May Two public protests broke out this weekend in the Uzbek city of Samarkand. On 20 August, demonstrators from the city outskirts blocked roads to protest the scheduled destruction of their houses. And yesterday, hundreds of merchants angrily protested a sudden decision to relocate the city's main market. As RFE/RL reports, the Samarkand protests are the first in Uzbekistan since those that ended in a violent government crackdown in Andijon in May.
August 21, 2005
Pope Reaches Out To Jewish, Muslim Leaders
21 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Pope Benedict XVI addressed a Mass near Cologne, Germany, today that drew an estimated 1 million Roman Catholic worshippers as he prepared to conclude a visit marked by attempts to reach out to leaders of other religions.
August 20, 2005
More Uzbeks Appeal To UN For Protection
More than 400 Uzbek refugees have already fled, aided by a UN-aided transfer to Romania (file photo) Bishkek, 20 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- At least three Uzbek nationals who say they fled their country after the May crackdown in Andijon showed up today at the United Nations' regional office for refugees in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh, according to RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service.
August 18, 2005
Iran: Uzbek Refugees Speak Of Hard Life In Exile
Uzbek children in Zahedan Native Uzbeks living in Iran gathered yesterday to stage protests outside a number of European embassies in the capital Tehran. Their demand -- to be granted political asylum in the West. Iran's Uzbek refugees typically fled their country in the 1990s, following a state crackdown on religious Muslims. Now, they are unable to return home, prevented by Uzbek authorities who accuse them of being members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) terrorist organization. But the refugees deny the claims, and speak only about the hardship of life in exile in Iran.
August 16, 2005
Uzbekistan: Climate Of Fear Grips Andijon
Uzbek soldiers in Andijon in May The outside world has received few accounts of life in Andijon since 12-13 May. In a series of reports broadcast on 10-12 August, RFE/RL provided a rare glimpse of the fear lurking behind the superficial normalcy that has settled over the city since the bloody events of May. Because of the fear of government reprisals, RFE/RL has concealed the identities of the people with whom it spoke.
August 12, 2005
UN Hopes 15 Uzbeks To Be Allowed To Stay In Kyrgyzstan
Uzbek refugees at their camp in Kyrgyzstan in June 12 August 2005 -- The United Nations refugee agency says it is hopeful that the 15 Uzbek asylum seekers detained in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh will be released and allowed to stay in Kyrgyzstan.