20:31 GMT +324 September 2017

    Uzbek Justice Ministry closes another international NGO

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    TASHKENT, August 11 (RIA Novosti) - Uzbekistan's Justice Ministry demanded Friday the shutdown of another U.S.-based non-governmental organization following a string of similar bans on foreign NGOs in recent months.

    Tashkent has accused a number of overseas-based NGOs of supporting opposition forces and attempting to discredit the country following unrest in the southeastern city of Andijan last May.

    The Justice Ministry said Crosslink Development International should be banned "as its activities were inconsistent with the charter and following numerous violations of the Uzbek legislation."

    In the past six months, Uzbekistan has expelled the Urban Institute, Winrock International, the Eurasia Foundation, Freedom House, the International Research and Exchanges Board, the American Bar Association, Counterpart International, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and the American Council for Collaboration in Education and Language Study (ACCELS), according to IRIN, an independent news service within the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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