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Wednesday, July 06, 2005


Uzbek activist arrested in Kazakhstan

From The Moscow Times:

An Uzbek human rights activist who criticized a recent bloody government crackdown on protesters has been arrested in neighboring Kazakhstan following a request from Uzbekistan to deport him, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday.

Lutfulo Shamsitdinov, who fled Uzbekistan after government troops killed up to 750 people in a May uprising, was detained Monday by police in the commercial capital, Almaty, said Narasimha Rao, a representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Kazakhstan.

Rao said it was not clear what charges Shamsitdinov, who together with his family has been recognized as a refugee by the UN, was facing.

Rao said the UN agency protested the Kazakh authorities' move, as it violated the country's obligations under the UN convention on the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. He said no response had been received so far.

Kazakh officials were not available for comment on Tuesday.

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