Counterpart Hearing

by Nathan Hamm on 5/4/2006 · 3 comments

Counterpart’s hearing took place this morning in Tashkent and the court of course ruled against the organization. Counterpart has yet to decide whether or not to appeal the decision.

Lelei LeLaulu, the head of Counterpart International, told RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service that the group has not decided whether it will lodge an appeal.

“There is a certain point where we have to look and decide whether an appeal will only make it more difficult for our staff and colleagues or whether we should just accept the court’s order at this stage and perhaps look at ways of working with the Uzbek people in another stage of our development,” LeLaulu said.

And in case you’ve missed it, there is plenty of interesting discussion on the matter in the comments on this post.


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Laurence May 4, 2006 at 2:11 pm

From the Counterpart Website (blockquote):

Harry Dorcus, Chief Operating Officer, came to Counterpart in August 2002 with a wealth of experience.

Prior to Counterpart, Mr. Dorcus served for twenty-three years as a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. He has served as the principal USAID financial officer in Niger, Chad, Panama and East Africa Region.

Other assignments include the Nicaraguan Contra Task Forceand Deputy Director of the Loan Management Division in Washington, DC.

After retiring from the Foreign Service, Mr. Dorcus spent two years with the International Republican Institute as its Chief Operating Officer.

Additionally, Mr. Dorcus served 10 years with the US Army Reserve. He attained the rank of Captain while performing duties of a hospital administrator.

So, the COO of Counterpart International is a veteran of the Nicaraguan Contra War, it appears…

Dolkun May 4, 2006 at 8:08 pm

Laurence,

The good news is you checked out Counterpart’s website before continuing your musings.

The bad news is you haven’t researched what the task force was, or even exercised common sense in wondering whether the COO of Counterpart would put his membership in a covert operation on his organization’s web-site. The task force was set up to INVESTIGATE the Iran-Contra Affair, not conduct it.

Now of course, if you rearrange the letters in the word “Counterpart,” it does spell out the code given by the CIA to the black helicopter pilots prior to their attack on the New Orleans levee, but that’s outside the geographic scope of this blog.

Rustam May 5, 2006 at 1:25 am

Laurence – so what even if the CI did promote American values, championed the cause of democracy and human rights, asked for free and fair elections, is it not the official policy of Dictator Karimov, is he not the one who repeats these goals that he is supposedly seeking in his speeches to the Cabinet of Ministers and joint sessions of the Parliament over and over again? And why do we have to object to the fact that American NGOs, funded by the USAID would try to promote US interests that are compatible with the long-term development of the host nation, why we have to object if German NGO’s would try to promote their way of life, their values, their electoral system?
The issue is not to find dirt in the NGO’s, likes of Mr. Dorkus, because the fundamental causes of the action of Dictator Karimov is far from these. We have SNB which monitors all these NGO’s and their employees as well as those who was unfortunate to come to any contact with them day and night, law on NGO’s and the Criminal Code is strict enough, if Karimov would find them doing anything against the law or as he like to say “anti-constitutional” who is holding his hands to try these cases in the court, on the bases of real evidence and real felonies, not on the bases of these dull administrative charges.
The reason behind this blanket expulsion is the upcoming Presidential elections, the last time with Andijon all the “efforts” of SNB, MVD and Army was undermined by the likes of Bukharbaeva, BBC, DW and NGO sector as a whole, they were the prime cause for information getting out of the borders of the country and most crucially the reporting was done not by wacko fundamentalist, from the start bias against the Mr. Karimov, who has been fighting for years against the menace of Islamic fundamentalism, but by journalists working for respected news organizations, news organizations that we trust and by NGOs supported by ourselves, who’s credibility is unquestionable. This time, they will not tolerate this, accreditation of the few remaining journalists working for foreign news agencies will expire maximum by the end of the year and no NGOs to whom we would trust, this time for sure people will demonstrate as well and when they do no one will be there to tell the story of really how this “terrorist uprising” was dealt with.

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