Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Accreditation of Human Rights Watch Extended

This is good news. Hopefully, the extension of HRW’s accreditation will ensure that outsiders can observe Umida’s trial….if her trial ever begins.

Uzbek Foreign Ministry extended Andrea Berg's accreditation for three months. Director of Human Rights Watch Uzbek office, Berg was summoned to Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov on April 21. Norov told her that accreditation would be extended as long as the law was abided by.

"As a matter of fact, Norov could not recall a single episode when Human Rights Watch broke the law," Berg said afterwards. She appraised the accreditation extension as a period of probation. Berg said it should not have any effect on the EU decision concerning sanctions against Uzbekistan. (The European Union will return to the matter of sanctions this May.)


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