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Kyrgyzstan: Officials Still Targeting Uzbeks with Violence – Independent Inquiry

A long-awaited report on last summer’s interethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan has concluded that Uzbeks have been disproportionately hard hit by the violence, some acts of which -- including systemic rape and murder -- fit the legal definition of crimes against humanity, though not genocide. The independent Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission (KIC), which released its findings May 3, also found that the military was complicit in some attacks against Uzbeks, who made up 74 percent of the death toll and continue to suffer comparatively more of the ongoing “arbitrary arrests, torture in detention and other human rights violations” than their Kyrgyz neighbors.

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Kyrgyzstan: Officials Still Targeting Uzbeks with Violence – Independent Inquiry

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