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Cotton and Corporate Responsibility: Fighting Forced Labor in Xinjiang and Uzbekistan
November 14, 2019

Cotton and Corporate Responsibility: Fighting Forced Labor in Xinjiang and Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
There are considerable differences with regard to forced labor in Uzbekistan and Xinjiang, but there is an underlying corporate responsibility to not engage in human rights abuses.

US and Russia Watching Closely Uzbekistan’s Economic Choices
November 12, 2019

US and Russia Watching Closely Uzbekistan’s Economic Choices

By Umida Hashimova
Tashkent is reopening its negotiations to join the WTO and considering Eurasian Economic Union membership. Russia and the West are watching.
More Questions Than Information on Tajikistan Border Post Attack
November 06, 2019

More Questions Than Information on Tajikistan Border Post Attack

By Catherine Putz
Tajikistan certainly faces security risks, Islamic State among them. But details on the recent incident are scarce.

Kazakhstan Sinks in Freedom of the Net 2019 Report
November 06, 2019

Kazakhstan Sinks in Freedom of the Net 2019 Report

By Catherine Putz
Kazakhstan's drop marked one of the largest declines over last year's report, following a year of disruptions and arrests.

Tajikistan Approves Credentials for RFE/RL Journalists Just Ahead of November 1 Deadline
November 01, 2019

Tajikistan Approves Credentials for RFE/RL Journalists Just Ahead of November 1 Deadline

By Catherine Putz
A closer look at the significance of a recent development.

Kyrgyzstan Eradicates Statelessness, Challenges Remain
October 31, 2019

Kyrgyzstan Eradicates Statelessness, Challenges Remain

By Colleen Wood
A Kyrgyzstani lawyer won a prestigious UN award for his contributions to combating statelessness in his country, but will his efforts stick?

2 Ethnic Kazakhs from China Granted Asylum-Seeker Status in Kazakhstan
October 31, 2019

2 Ethnic Kazakhs from China Granted Asylum-Seeker Status in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
But like Sayragul Sauytbay before them, Murager Alimuly and Qaster Musakhanuly may not ultimately find asylum in Kazakhstan.
Kyrgyz News Site Kloop Interrupted by DDoS Attack
October 30, 2019

Kyrgyz News Site Kloop Interrupted by DDoS Attack

By Catherine Putz
Last week Kloop and OCCRP published a damning report about the giving away of land in a prized public park to Bishkek’s rich and well-connected.

Low Enriched Uranium Bank Officially Operational in Kazakhstan
October 29, 2019

Low Enriched Uranium Bank Officially Operational in Kazakhstan

By Catherine Putz
With its first delivery of LEU from France, the IAEA-owned and operated bank is officially operational.

Kazakhstan Remains Nazarbayev’s State
October 29, 2019

Kazakhstan Remains Nazarbayev’s State

By Catherine Putz
If it walks like a president, talks like a president, and has powers on par with a president...

Bickering Emerges on Uzbekistan’s Political Scene
October 28, 2019

Bickering Emerges on Uzbekistan’s Political Scene

By Umida Hashimova
Parliamentary elections set for December 22 will take place under a new atmosphere, but small campaign feuds aren’t yet touching main issues.
November 1 Deadline Looms for RFE/RL’s Tajik Service
October 25, 2019

November 1 Deadline Looms for RFE/RL’s Tajik Service

By Colleen Wood
Nine RFE/RL journalists in Tajikistan will lose accreditation on November 1; it appears authorities have given the broadcaster the silent treatment. 

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