Russia extraditing Uzbeks to face ‘pervasive’ torture – Amnesty

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MOSCOW: Amnesty International on Thursday condemned Russia for sending migrants and asylum seekers back to its highly repressive ex-Soviet ally Uzbekistan where they face “pervasive” use of torture. The rights group accused Russia in a new report of being “partners in crime” with Uzbekistan, a Central Asian country ruled by dour former Communist strongman Islam Karimov since 1991. Amnesty urged Moscow to stop extraditing or facilitating the forcible removal of Uzbeks who face the “real risk of torture” and “manifestly unfair trials.” “The Russian authorities are not simply turning a blind eye to torture and injustice in Uzbekistan, they are lending a helping hand,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s director for Europe and Central Asia.

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