UN: Kyrgyzstan forces torture, abuse ethnic Uzbeks

July 20, 2010 18:30

GENEVA — The UN said Tuesday that it has received reports of torture and other atrocities by Kyrgyzstan forces against ethnic Uzbeks in the Central Asian nation.

Hundreds of Uzbeks are being imprisoned because of their ethnicity, and there are reports of forced confessions, beatings, police intimidation of families and extortion, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said in a statement.Hundreds of minority Uzbeks were killed in rampages last month by ethnic Kyrgyz and hundreds of thousands of Uzbeks fled their homes ahead of arson mobs. Tensions are still noticeable in the southern part of the country.

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