June 8, 2005: Headlines: COS - Uzbekistan: Eurasianet : All volunteers, along with the Peace Corps country director, had returned to the United States by June 5, said Barbara Daly, the organizationís press director

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All volunteers, along with the Peace Corps country director, had returned to the United States by June 5, said Barbara Daly, the organizationís press director

All volunteers, along with the Peace Corps country director, had returned to the United States by June 5, said Barbara Daly, the organizationís press director

All volunteers, along with the Peace Corps country director, had returned to the United States by June 5, said Barbara Daly, the organizationís press director

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SIGNS OF TROUBLE CONTINUE TO SURFACE IN UZBEKISTAN
6/08/05

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Signs of instability continue to surface in Uzbekistan amid government efforts to tighten control over society in the aftermath of the Andijan events. On June 8, a protest hit a collective farm near Samarkand, as supporters of a banned political movement demanded the release of a local activist from custody.

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There are other indicators that suggest Uzbek authorities are toughening their stance not only towards perceived domestic opponents, but also towards foreign non-governmental organizations. President Islam Karimovís administration has long viewed NGOs with suspicion, seeing them as purveyors of democratic ideals that run counter to the governmentís authoritarian impulses. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive].

Perhaps the starkest example of the growing Uzbek suspicion towards international entities was Tashkentís recent decision not to renew visas for 54 US Peace Corps volunteers. The Uzbek action effectively forced the Peace Corps to shut down its operations in Uzbekistan. All volunteers, along with the Peace Corps country director, had returned to the United States by June 5, said Barbara Daly, the organizationís press director.

"If we donít have proper documentation, we canít stay in the country. They [Uzbek authorities] left us very little choice," Daly said. "Not renewing out visas speaks volumes without saying a word."

Meanwhile, on June 8 the international press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders criticized the arrest of Tulkin Karayev, who was taken into custody four days earlier in the southern city of Karshi. Karayev -- who has reported for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, which played a prominent role in disseminating news about the May 13 Andijan crackdown ? was accused of "hooliganism" and ordered detained for at least 10 days.

Uncertainty in Uzbekistan has prompted the United States to scale back its diplomatic presence in the country. Citing the threat of possible attacks by Islamic radicals against US-related targets, the State Department sanctioned the withdrawal of family members of staff, as well as non-essential personnel, from the American embassy in Tashkent. The World Bank, acting in connection with the State Department caution against possible attacks, announced on June 7 that it was suspending missions to Uzbekistan.

Posted June 8, 2005 © Eurasianet





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