World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Agency Urges Kyrgyzstan to Stop Deporting Uzbecks

UN Refugee Agency Urges Kyrgyzstan to Stop Security Forces Deporting Uzbeks

New York, Jun 10 2005 1:00PM

Following the forced return of four Uzbek men who fled to Kyrgyzstan after last month's deadly crackdown in the town of Andijan, the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) today urged the Kyrgyz Government to cease all further deportations of Uzbek asylum seekers.

"This is a direct violation of an agreement UNHCR had reached with the Kyrgyz government that no one would be forcibly returned unless they had been determined not to be a refugee after going through an asylum procedure," UNHCR spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis told reporters today in Geneva.

If they are determined to be refugees, they cannot be deported, according to the terms of the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, of which Kyrgyzstan is a signatory. The Uzbek authorities have alleged the men were criminals.

Another 12 men remain under arrest in the town of Jalalabad, where the four deported men had also been moved. UNHCR staff were able to gain access to the detention centre only after the first four men had been forcibly returned to Uzbekistan, the agency said.

The agency welcomed a statement made this morning by the Acting First Vice Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, Felix Kulov, who condemned the deportations and said that any officials who had acted improperly would be brought to justice.

Last weekend, agency added, it appeared that that the Kyrgyz authorities were assuring the security of the asylum seekers by moving them further from the border. However, as the week progressed, reports began to emerge asserting pressure was being put on them to return.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news