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Sweden's Uzbeks Under Surveilance

A Swedish Radio news investigation has revealed that refugees from Uzbekistan are under surveillance here in Sweden by Uzbek secret services and face torture and imprisonment if they return home.

”The Uzbek secret services know absolutely everything about every Uzbek who has applied for asylum in Sweden. They have addresses, details of the asylum application and they know which people they meet,” one refugee told freelance journalist Elin Jönsson, who carried out the investigation.

Asylum seekers, from the central Asian republic - en route to Sweden – must agree to work for the secret service as spies in order to leave the country and if they fail to deliver their families can suffer the consequences.