Uniformed security forces aided and may have participated in June’s interethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, Human Rights Watch said on August 16. In a detailed new report, the prominent New York-based advocacy group chronicles the violence and its aftermath, including extrajudicial detentions of Uzbeks, widespread police torture and denial of due process.
The report, “'Where is the Justice?' Interethnic Violence in Southern Kyrgyzstan and its Aftermath,” raises “serious concerns that some government forces either actively participated in, or facilitated attacks on, Uzbek neighborhoods by knowingly or unwittingly giving cover to violent mobs,” during the June 10-14 violence that left at least 370 dead and displaced hundreds of thousands. “Local law enforcement agencies also failed to provide appropriate protection to the Uzbek community.”
The report also recommends Bishkek investigate how the mobs easily acquired military weapons and vehicles.
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David Trilling is the Central Asia news editor for EurasiaNet.