International and local human rights groups continue to chronicle the aftermath of the conflict in southern Kyrgyzstan and the further gruesome discoveries of death and destruction. Ultimately, their efforts to build a record -- if and when validated – both by international observers and national courts of law -- could serve to build a basis for justice and stabilization in the region. Interim President Roza Otunbayeva has agreed to permit the Organization of Security and Cooperation (OSCE) to begin an investigation into the conflict and deploy a police monitoring operation whose mandate is still being worked out, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported. Yet many questions remain about which bodies will conduct the investigation and the extent of cooperation that can be expected from the Kyrgyz military and police. At least 300 people were killed and hundreds of thousands of people, mainly ethnic Uzbeks, were displaced and many are unable to return home and are in temporary housing.
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