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Latest news from Uzbekistan

UZBEKISTAN: UN refugee agency reacts to Tashkent's criticism

ANKARA, 24 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has denied claims by the Uzbek authorities that it is harbouring alleged criminals and terrorists.Full report

UZBEKISTAN: Fear grips Andijan three months after killings

ANDIJAN, 18 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - Three months after a violent government crack down on protests in the southeastern Uzbek city of Andijan, there is a palpable sense of fear on and off the streets, despite less soldiers seen in public and shops and office open as usual. People who witnessed the killing of up to 1,000 mainly unarmed civilians on 13 May in and around the city say they are burning inside but giving up hope of obtaining justice for the dead and injured.Full report

KYRGYZSTAN-UZBEKISTAN: Court overturns denial of refugee status to Uzbeks

BISHKEK, 18 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - An appeal to overturn a decision by the Kyrgyz migration department to deny refugee status to Uzbeks who fled violence in southeastern Uzbekistan was granted by a city court in the capital, Bishkek, on Thursday.Full report

UZBEKISTAN: New support for those living with HIV/AIDS

TASHKENT, 16 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - When a police officer barged into Natalya’s home in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, screaming at her that she had AIDS she nearly died of shame. She had not even told her parents about the disease which she contracted by sharing a hypodermic needle.Full report

UZBEKISTAN: Russian human rights journalist deported

ANKARA, 15 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - The Uzbek government on Saturday deported Russian human rights journalist, Igor Rotar, after he had spent two days in detention at Tashkent airport. Full report

KYRGYZSTAN-UZBEKISTAN: Third country resettlement of Andijan 15 progresses

ANKARA , 10 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - The case of more than a dozen Uzbeks who fled violence in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan in May and are currently being held in custody in southern Kyrgyzstan, now appears to be progressing. Even so, no final decision has yet been made as to their fate by the Kyrgyz authorities.Full report

UZBEKISTAN: Activists welcome ban on death penalty

ANKARA, 3 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - Rights activists have welcomed an Uzbek government decision to abolish capital punishment while at the same time calling on Tashkent to impose an immediate moratorium on the execution of death row prisoners.Full report

UZBEKISTAN: Trial of US-based media NGO begins

TASHKENT, 18 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - Two local staff from the US-based media NGO, Internews, went on trial on Monday in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent following a year-long campaign to halt the work of Western-funded pro-democracy organisations in the country.Full report

KYRGYZSTAN-UZBEKISTAN: Focus on Andijan asylum seekers

JALAL-ABAD, 5 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - Hundreds of Uzbek asylum seekers in southern Kyrgyzstan appear resigned to not seeing their homeland again for years and are looking forward to a rosier future following indications from the office for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that they may soon be settled in a third country.Full report

UZBEKISTAN: Pressure on international NGOs and independent media grows

TASHKENT, 5 Jul 2005 (IRIN) - Following a year-long campaign to limit the activities of Western NGOs, Uzbek authorities have brought criminal charges against local staff of the Internews Network, a US based non-profit media organisation, the organisation said in a statement issued on Tuesday.Full report


IRIN Focuses & Interviews for Uzbekistan

KYRGYZSTAN-UZBEKISTAN: Focus on Andijan asylum seekers

UZBEKISTAN: Interview with leader of new opposition group – Sunshine Uzbekistan

UZBEKISTAN: Focus on Andijan following May unrest

UZBEKISTAN: Focus on cancer prevalence in the Ferghana Valley

KYRGYZSTAN-UZBEKISTAN: Focus on the impact of the Kyrgyz revolution in the Ferghana Valley


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