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Uzbekistan Suspends U.S.-Based Aid Group

13 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Uzbekistan has ordered a six-month suspension of a U.S.-funded assistance group, RFE/RL's Uzbek Service reported.

A court in Tashkent on 12 September ruled that the International Research and Exchange Board, or IREX, has broken Uzbek laws on foreign assistance groups.

The Uzbek Independent Committee for Freedom of Speech and Expression today quotes the Uzbek Justice Ministry as saying IREX had failed to provide authorities with information on Uzbek citizens studying in IREX-funded programs in the United States.

IREX is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that specializes in education, independent media and civil society development.

The move comes just days after Uzbek authorities ordered the closure of another U.S.-based organization, the media-support group Internews.

(RFE/RL Uzbek Service/AP)

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