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MRG calls for protection for minorities as ethnic Uzbeks flee violent attacks in Krygyzstan
Minority Rights Group International
14 June 2010
Minority Rights Group International (MRG) condemns the targeting of ethnic Uzbeks in recent attacks in Kyrgyzstan, and calls on state authorities to guarantee the security of minorities, who face a continued threat of violence.
(…) Kyrgyzstan's interim government, which assumed power after a violent uprising which ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in April, is struggling to contain the violence in the country's south, which is home to an ethnic Uzbek minority of around one million. Some Uzbeks have accused security forces of failing to stop - or participating in - the attacks.
‘MRG calls on Kyrgyzstan’s government to take all necessary measures to protect its population, including minorities,’ says Carl Soderbergh, MRG’s Director of Policy and Communications.
(…)‘MRG is particularly worried that the violence could spiral out of control. The authorities must ensure that rule of law is re-established and that perpetrators are brought to justice,’ added Soderbergh.
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