06MOSCOW2761, MFA ON DETAINED UZBEKS

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06MOSCOW2761 2006-03-20 16:11 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXYZ0020
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHMO #2761 0791611
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
R 201611Z MAR 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2590
INFO RUEHNT/AMEMBASSY TASHKENT 4815
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 4753

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 002761 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/20/2016 
TAGS: PREF PHUM PREL RS
SUBJECT: MFA ON DETAINED UZBEKS 
 
REF: A. STATE 41999 
 
     B. PITOTTI-RICHARDSON E-MAIL 3/16/06 
 
Classified By: A/POL Bruce Donahue.  Reasons 1.4 (b and d.) 
 
1. (C) REFCOORD delivered ref A demarche to Dmitriy 
Knyazhinskiy, chief of the migration section in the 
Department of Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights at 
the MFA.  Knyazhinskiy said his office had written "numerous" 
requests to the Procurator General in support of UNHCR's 
request for access to the 13 detained Uzbeks in Ivanovo. 
Thus far, the Procurator General's office had refused, and 
Knyazhinskiy said the MFA would probably send another request 
shortly.  He said that the Uzbeks would not be deported until 
they had exhausted their right of appeal in the Russian 
courts. 
 
2.  (C) Knyazhinskiy said this had been a vexing problem for 
the MFA, as Russia had conflicting obligations to the 
international community and to Uzbekistan under the Refugee 
Convention and the Minsk Treaty respectively.  Knyazhinskiy 
noted Russia's obligation under the Convention Against 
Torture not to return asylum seekers or others to a country 
where they may face torture or other inhumane treatment.  He 
asked if we could provide reports from credible international 
sources that would establish Uzbekistan's use of torture.  He 
specified that UN or other international bodies' documents 
would be useful.  NGO reports would not. 
 
3.  (C) REFCOORD also raised the issue of North Korean asylum 
seekers and asked if Knyazhinskiy was familiar with the 
non-paper handed to a GOR delegation in Washington in early 
March (ref B).  Knyazhinskiy said he had not been briefed and 
asked for a copy of the non-paper. 
 
4.  (C) Comment:  Knyazhinskiy conceded that the MFA had 
little influence with the Procurator General's office on this 
matter.  He acknowledged that whatever the GOR decided -- to 
extradite the Uzbeks or declare them refugees -- would cause 
headaches for the MFA.  While his request for additional 
information related to Uzbekistan's use of torture may 
suggest the GOR faces a dilemma, we believe the ultimate 
decision about return of the detained Uzbeks will depend less 
on the GOR's international obligations and more on its 
calculations regarding potential harm to its relations with 
Uzbekistan. 
BURNS

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