UN welcomes relocation of Uzbek refugees from border camp

The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed the relocation of Uzbek asylum seekers further into the interior of Kyrgyzstan and away from a border camp in which they had been living since violence erupted in the Uzbek town of Andijan last month.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that the 467 residents of the makeshift camp in Barash, Kyrgyzstan were taken on Saturday to a new camp site at Sasyk, well away from the border with Uzbekistan.“Border camps are nearly always highly problematic, insecure and a source of tension between states,” said Ekber Menemencioglu, UNHCR’s director for Central and Southwest Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. “The Kyrgyz authorities have been working closely with UNHCR on solving this situation, and we applaud their persistence in the face of varied pressures and a number of setbacks.”Hundreds of people fled into Kyrgyzstan from Uzbekistan after the May 13 violence in Andijan between protesters and security forces. The Kyrgyz government has repeatedly reassured UNHCR it would not forcibly return the asylum-seekers, despite rumours to the contrary. read more

Two arrested in connection with Finglas death

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED two men in connection with the discovery of a body in Dublin.The body of a 29-year-old man was found in an apartment in the Spring Mount complex on the Wellmount Road in the suburb this morning, following a house party last night.Gardaí have appealed for information from anyone who may have been at the party or taxi drivers who may have collected passengers in the area.The two men, both aged in their 20s were arrested in Finglas this evening. They are detained under Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act at Finglas Garda Station.Read: Gardaí appeal for information from taxi drivers in ‘suspicious’ Finglas body discoverylast_img