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Great Seal   Fact Sheet: United States Government Democracy Assistance to Uzbekistan
As released by the Office of the Spokesman, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, April 18, 2000
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During her April 17-19 visit to Uzbekistan, Secretary Albright announced a number of U.S.-funded initiatives designed to support democracy, human rights, and the growth of civil society in Kazakhstan:

Internet Access and Training: Administered by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), this program provides Internet access and training in Internet usage to journalists, entrepreneurs, exchange program alumni and others.

  • The USG will fund three new public-access Internet sites in Uzbekistan, in addition to an existing site in Tashkent. The three new sites will be located in Fergana, Nukus and Samarkand.
  • USG support for previously existing USG-funded sites (including the University of World Economy and Diplomacy) was withdrawn due to GOU attempts to control Internet traffic. The new sites will be connected to the Internet via satellite through the U.S. Embassy.

Exchange Programs: We continue to invest in the next generation of leaders. Since 1992, over 1,700 Uzbekistanis have traveled to the U.S. under USG-funded exchange programs.

  • Some 200 Uzbekistanis will participate in USG-funded academic and professional exchange programs this year, including programs administered by the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, USAID training programs, the Commerce Department's Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) Program, and USDA's Cochran Fellowship Program.

Independent Media: The USG is providing small grants and technical assistance to independent newspapers, TV and radio stations. This assistance includes limited equipment donations, as well as training seminars and materials on topics such as managing a media outlet, building advertising revenue and improving production skills. With support from USAID, the U.S. NGO Internews is promoting the development of regional and national independent TV networks, as well as an association of independent broadcasters.

Support for NGO Development: The USG is providing small grants and technical assistance to a wide variety of Uzbekistani NGOs, helping them work more effectively at the community level and improving their ability to defend their members' interests and lobby local government officials.

Support for Human-Rights NGOs: The USG will be increasing its support to Uzbekistani human-rights NGOs, with a particular emphasis on building their institutional capacity and advocacy skills.

Judicial and Legal Reform: With support from USAID, the American Bar Association's Central and East European Law Initiative (ABA/CEELI) is encouraging the development of an independent judiciary, judges' and lawyers' associations, and a code of ethics for judges and lawyers.

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