Who, Why and How exiled: The Uzbek human rights activist who published first-hand accounts of the Andijan massacre fled Uzbekistan to avoid persecution.
Stage 1 details (accusations/ charges/ Interpol notice/ extradition requests): He is a human rights defender who reported on the Andijan massacre in 2005 ( , 2015). He has been hunted since 2005 by the Uzbek authorities, who convinced INTERPOL to issue a warrant to detain him. Due to an INTERPOL alert, Lutfullo's life was put on hold for five years, unable to get a Green Card, and with it the right to work or travel in the US ( , 2015; CPJ, 2015. In 2005, he fled with his family to Kazakhstan after Andijan events ( Ferghana news, 2005)
Stage 2 details (arrest/ detention/ extradition): The Uzbek authorities accused him of participating in violent acts during the Andijan events (BBC, 2005) Was caught up in what he called an ambush of a group of protesters by soldiers and police ( The Seattle Times, 2005). After his arrival in Almaty, he received refugee status and was due to leave for the United States (Ferghana news, 2005). However in 2005 he was detained by security officers in Kazakhstan with his family ( Ferghana news, 2005). The UNHCR intervened to stop his extradition to Uzbekistan ( BBC, 2005).
Stage 3 details (attack/ abduction/ rendition/ torture/ assassination/ death): Armored vehicles and snipers attacked the crowd, shooting indiscriminately after the peaceful demonstration of May 12 ( Radio Free Europe, 2005).
Legal status (refugee/ asylum seeker/ resident): Received Asylum in the US ( Ilkhamov, 2015).
Current status: Resides in the US
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