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HRW and BBC Returning to Uzbekistan?

In possibly its boldest gesture toward openness in years, Uzbekistan has announced that it is open to resuming cooperation with New York-based Human Rights Watch.

And in a separate development, the BBC’s Uzbek service has advertised a position for a multimedia correspondent based in Tashkent — indicating that Tashkent is gradually warming to the idea of greater exposure to international media coverage.

Speaking to reporters on July 5, Foreign Minister Uzbekistan,  Komilov described the government’s years-long refusal to accredit HRW as a pause in cooperation.

“Our cooperation with Human Rights Watch underwent something of a pause, some time in 2010. But this does not mean that we have definitively suspended relations or that we do not want to cooperate,” Komilov said.

Komilov said his office had recently received a letter from HRW executive director Kenneth Roth requesting permission for a delegation from the organization to visit Uzbekistan. Tashkent is willing to admit the delegation, the minister said.

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