Czech police release five Kazakh asylum seekers
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||6 March 2009|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Czech police release five Kazakh asylum seekers, 6 March 2009, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/49b68d1d3a.html [accessed 22 August 2014]|
March 06, 2009
Czech authorities have released five of six Kazakh asylum seekers they detained earlier this week, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.
The six leading members of a group of Kazakh nationals, who say they are Salafi Muslims, were detained in different parts of the Czech Republic on March 3.
Members of the 205-person group of Kazakh citizens claim that they will be persecuted if they return to Kazakhstan.
The Czech authorities have refused to grant asylum to the Kazakhs.
A representative of the group told RFE/RL that the six detained comrades were officially charged with involvement in human trafficking and the illegal crossing of the Polish-Czech and Czech-Austrian borders.
A France-based human rights watchdog, Human Rights in Central Asia, has called on the international community to help the Kazakh Salafi Muslims avoid deportation from the Czech Republic.