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Fast-Track to Torture: Abductions and Forcible Returns from Russia to Uzbekistan


Hundreds of asylum-seekers, refugees and labour migrants have been abducted or forcibly returned from Russia to Uzbekistan since 2014 in blatant violation of Russia’s international human rights obligations. The absolute ban on torture and other ill-treatment includes the prohibition against returning or transferring a person to any country where he or she is at real risk of such abuse.

Russia is a state party to several treaties that prohibit such transfers, but has flagrantly and consistently flouted its human rights commitments by sending people back to Uzbekistan where they have subsequently suffered appalling physical and psychological harm at the hands of state authorities and their agents. These practices must stop.