Although little information is available on the current conditions of Uzbekistan’s internally displaced people (IDPS), reports and anecdotal information suggest that IDPs continue to face difficulty sustaining their livelihoods
In response to cross-border incursions by the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, a rebel group operating from neighbouring Tajikistan, the Uzbek government in 2000 and 2001 forcibly displaced several thousand villagers from the mountainous border region in southern Uzbekistan. The villagers were relocated to resettlement villages approximately 250 kilometres away in an open desert area.
Approximately 3,000 persons remain displaced as of 2003, as a result of forced transfer from their villages along the border with Tajikistan by the government of Uzbekistan. Since their displacement in 2000, these people have been living in destitute villages which the government has hastily put up for their relocation.
Episodes of internal displacement in Uzbekistan have mainly occurred as a result of a Government campaign against suspected supporters of Islamic extremist groups. Today, an estimated 3000 persons are displaced after fighting between Government forces and armed insurgents in the Uzbek-Tajik border areas in August 2000.