Kyrgyzstan: Refugees From Uzbekistan Fear Tashkent’s Long Arm

Almost a decade following the violent unrest and deadly crackdown in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan, dozens of Uzbeks are still seeking asylum in neighboring Kyrgyzstan. Although Kyrgyz authorities say they are processing the claims for asylum, many Uzbeks still fear extradition back to their home country, where they say they will be prosecuted. (Photo: Dean C.K. Cox)

Aman Sagidullaev fled Uzbekistan with his family in the summer of 2011. He had called for a referendum on independence for his native Karakalpakstan region in the country’s northwest. Apparently in response, Uzbek prosecutors charged him with embezzlement.

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Timur Toktonaliev is a Bishkek-based reporter.

Kyrgyzstan: Refugees From Uzbekistan Fear Tashkent’s Long Arm

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