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Central Asian States Take on ‘False Information’
June 26, 2020

Central Asian States Take on ‘False Information’

By Catherine Putz
Laws put in place to support the fight against COVID-19 by targeting false information are easily abused to crack down on negative opinions and dissent.

Tajikistan’s Most Fearless Lawyer Remains Behind Bars
June 12, 2020

Tajikistan’s Most Fearless Lawyer Remains Behind Bars

By Catherine Putz
Buzurgmehr Yorov bravely took on the defense of the IRPT leadership and, like his clients, lost his freedom.
How to Talk About Feminism in Tajikistan
May 29, 2020

How to Talk About Feminism in Tajikistan

By Lolisanam Ulugova
Issues of feminism and gender activism in Tajik society are controversial.

Another Incident on the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Border
May 28, 2020

Another Incident on the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan Border

By Catherine Putz
On May 24, shots were fired in the contentious border area. And reportedly again on May 27. 

Tajik President Replaces Health Minister
May 06, 2020

Tajik President Replaces Health Minister

By Catherine Putz
Now that Tajikistan has admitted the presence of COVID-19 in the country, the bad news will likely only grow.

Zero to 15: Tajikistan Finally Confirms First Cases of COVID-19
April 30, 2020

Zero to 15: Tajikistan Finally Confirms First Cases of COVID-19

By Catherine Putz
The announcement confirms what experts long suspected, but the government denied: the pandemic has arrived in Tajikistan.

Are There Really No COVID-19 Cases in Tajikistan?
April 28, 2020

Are There Really No COVID-19 Cases in Tajikistan?

By Catherine Putz
Dushanbe’s denials are simply unbelievable; its belated responses to the pandemic “cruel and inept at the same time.”
Tajik President’s Son Officially Second-in-Line to Presidency
April 20, 2020

Tajik President’s Son Officially Second-in-Line to Presidency

By Catherine Putz
With his election as chair of the Tajik parliament's upper house, Rustam Emomali is now officially second-in-line to the presidency.

Tajik President Discusses Coronavirus Via Phone With Regional Leaders
April 10, 2020

Tajik President Discusses Coronavirus Via Phone With Regional Leaders

By Catherine Putz
Emomali Rahmon finally joins in on regional telediplomacy with recent calls with the leaders of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan.

Uzbekistan Leads Central Asian Diplomacy in the Age of COVID-19
April 02, 2020

Uzbekistan Leads Central Asian Diplomacy in the Age of COVID-19

By Catherine Putz
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has been ringing his neighbors to coordinate and dispatching aid to Afghanistan.

The International Community Must Put a Spotlight on Tajikistan’s Human Rights Record
April 02, 2020

The International Community Must Put a Spotlight on Tajikistan’s Human Rights Record

By Scott Martin
Silencing opposition figures, independent voices, and those defending the detained -- a spotlight must be shone on the Tajik government’s human rights record.
Border Closures in Eurasia Complicate Migrant Worker Movement
March 24, 2020

Border Closures in Eurasia Complicate Migrant Worker Movement

By Catherine Putz
With COVID-19 causing border closures, Central Asia's migrant workers are stuck and out of luck.

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