The United Nations revealed Tuesday it has received reports of torture and
atrocities against ethnic Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan.
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says hundreds of Uzbeks are being
imprisoned because of their ethnicity, and there are reports of forced
confessions, beatings, police intimidation of families and extortion in
the Central Asian nation.
Hundreds of minority Uzbeks were killed in rampages last month by mobs
of ethnic Kyrgyz and hundreds of thousands of Uzbeks fled their homes.
Pillay said Tuesday that local authorities are "routinely turning a
blind eye" to abuses, including doctors refusing to provide medical
The Kyrgyzstan Foreign Ministry would not comment on the allegations.