Thursday, August 03, 2006

Incident: Subversion Accusations, Uzbekistan

From an AP news report (complete story here, along with added Mercy Corps response):

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- A pro-government analyst accused the U.S.-based aid group Mercy Corps of subversive activities Wednesday -- the latest foreign nongovernmental organization to face scrutiny and potential closure in Uzbekistan.

In a statement posted on a government web site, Ulugbek Mukhammadiev of the Fund for Regional Politics wrote that the group's work in Uzbekistan's section of the troubled Fergana Valley "looks more like espionage and subversive activity" because it monitored "negative tendencies" and accessed "the situation in border areas."


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