Nine Refugees Return to Andijon

by Nathan Hamm on 7/17/2006

Interesting and unexpected

The nine had reportedly been given asylum in the United States and were living in the southwestern state of Arizona.

They boarded a flight to Uzbekistan on July 13. The reasons behind their return are unclear.

One Uzbek refugee who was transported by the UN to the Czech Republic said he believed the Uzbek president, Islam Karimov, had given “personal” guarantees of safety if they return home and that others planned to join the nine who just went back.

“We trust there is great goodness and kindness ahead of us,” he said.

I assume that there will be, at the very least, quite a bit of surveillance as well.


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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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