Uzbek authorities arrested a member of an outlawed opposition party for allegedly distributing anti-government leaflets, her party said Monday.
Human rights activist Elena Urlayeva, a member of the banned Free Peasants party, was detained Saturday in the capital, Tashkent. A police official said Urlayeva had been trying to spread anti-government drawings and organize a protest.
Urlayeva - a harsh critic of President Islam Karimov's authoritarian regime - has been subjected in the past to repeated beatings and detentions, and was twice hospitalized by authorities for psychiatric treatment.
Her detention comes amid a fresh wave of arrests among rights activists and independent journalists, following an anti-government uprising in May in the eastern city of Andijan that was brutally suppressed by government troops, with hundreds of civilians killed.
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