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161200ZMAY07 CJ3 JEC C) UNDP: REPORTS OF HARASSMENT OF AFGHAN REFUGEES CEASE: (Source: AMEMBASSY TASHKENT 00965, 16 May 07)
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(C) UNDP: REPORTS OF HARASSMENT OF AFGHAN REFUGEES CEASE: (Source: AMEMBASSY TASHKENT 00965, 16 May 07) UN Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative told Charge on May 8 that the Government has ceased harassment of Afghan refugees. Several cases of harassment had been reported, particularly in the first part of this year. In March, the Foreign Ministry notified UNDP that mandate refugee certificates do not provide a legal basis for long-term residence, and that refugees must apply for visas (ref A). In response, the UNDP requested Uzbek visas for the remaining refugees and requested that the Government waive the associated application and monthly registration fees. Reports of harassment ended shortly thereafter The change in attitude may be related to the fact that most remaining refugees are now being processed for resettlement.