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HRW on the role of the Kyrgyz government in June violence

Aug. 30, 2010, 10:41 a.m.


Kyrgyzstan has endured a tumultuous year.  After experiencing its second revolution in the past decade, the country prepared for a referendum on a new constitution.   Before the referendum, however, violent ethnic clashes broke out in the country's southern region.  Human Rights Watch has released a report, which states that some government forces "knowingly or unwittingly" helped facilitate attacks against ethnic Uzbeks.

The 91-page report "‘Where is the Justice?': Interethnic Violence in Southern Kyrgyzstan and its Aftermath,"  also said that the government's investigation into the violence, which left hundreds dead and thousands injured, has been marred with abuses, while new ethnically motivated attacks are taking place in the south. The authorities should thoroughly investigate government forces' role in the violence and prosecute those responsible, Human Rights Watch said.

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