Ethnic Uzbeks Deported from Dashoguz Province

What is affected
Type of violation Forced eviction
Date 01 January 2003
Region A [ Asia ]
Country Turkmenistan
Location Dashoguz Provice

Affected persons

Total 125
Men 0
Women 0
Children 0
Proposed solution
Forced eviction

Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)

Brief narrative Source: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) Publication, "TURKMENISTAN: GOVERNMENT USES FORCED DISPLACEMENT AS TOOL OF REPRESSION" 30 October 2005; Found at:
"In 2003 twenty-five families were forcibly resettled from the Dasoguz province, an area where ethnic Uzbeks comprise 80-90 percent of the population (OSI, August 2005, p.15)."
Source: Open Society Institute Turkmenistan Project, August 2005, Comments for Consideration by the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) Related to the Initial Report of the Government of Turkmenistan (link on IDMC page above)
"After the adoption of the 2002 decree and after the failed coup of November 25, 2002 heightened Turkmenistan’s suspicions of the government of Uzbekistan’s complicity in it, it became apparent to some foreign observers that the resettlement policy may have taken on an ethnic component, particularly targeting the country’s ethnic Uzbek population and Uzbek nationals residing in Turkmenistan.

Credible sources have reported confidentially that in the first part of 2003, twenty-five families were forcibly resettled. While it has not been possible to confirm the names and ethnic identity of those resettled, it is known that all of them lived in Dashoguz Province, which lies along Turkmenistan`s extensive border with Uzbekistan. Since this is the only part of the country where ethnic Uzbeks comprise the vast majority of the population, likely as high as 80-90 percent, it is possible that the resettlements were conducted in a discriminatory manner targeting these two groups." (OSI Turkmenistan Project confidential interview, 2005).
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