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article imageUN rights group calls for investigation by Kyrgyzstan government

By Andrew Moran     Jun 18, 2010 in World
Bishkek - The United Nations Council on Human Rights has called for the Kyrgyzstan interim government to investigate the violence that has caused more than 400,000 people to be internally displaced.
Since June 11’s eruptions of riots and violence, approximately 400,000 people have been displaced, hundreds have been killed and thousands are wounded. Many residences, businesses and vehicles have been damaged and political upheaval persists.
The UN Council on Human Rights urged the Kyrgyzstan interim government on Friday to begin an investigation into the ethnic clashes that occurred in the southern city of Osh, according to the Voice of Russia.
The resolution, which was adopted in Geneva, “strongly condemns the violations of human rights committed during the protests that accompanied the change of government, and the provocation and violence in Osh and Jalal-Abad.” It added that the Kyrgyzstan authorities must protect human rights and freedoms of the Kyrgyzstan population.
The Associated Press reports that the 47-nation council called for the international community to provide all forms of humanitarian assistance and aid to the former Soviet Republic because they are “deeply concerned” at the loss of life that has occurred in the Central Asian country recently.
“Hospitals and other institutions are running low on medical supplies. Tens of thousands more are reportedly waiting to cross the border,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, reports BBC News. The UN is suggesting $71 million for Kyrgyzstan.
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