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Fighting for Tajikistan’s Jailed Lawyers
January 23, 2019

Fighting for Tajikistan’s Jailed Lawyers

By Marc Gottridge
On January 24, 2019, Tajik lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov will have been in prison for 1,215 days for simply doing his job.

The Next Chapter in Uzbekistan’s Opening
July 06, 2017

The Next Chapter in Uzbekistan’s Opening

By Catherine Putz
Human Rights Watch and the BBC’s Uzbek service are getting access to the country again.
Forced Labor Continues in World Bank Project Areas in Uzbekistan
June 27, 2017

Forced Labor Continues in World Bank Project Areas in Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
In a new report, Human Rights Watch says the World Bank's Uzbekistan projects are tainted with forced labor.

Does the UN Care About Human Rights in Central Asia?
June 12, 2017

Does the UN Care About Human Rights in Central Asia?

By Cholpon Orozobekova
UN Secretary Antonio Guterres is on a regional tour and seems to be avoiding the subject.

No Justice for Lawyers in Tajikistan
May 25, 2017

No Justice for Lawyers in Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
New report, same old story: Dushanbe's crackdown on lawyers continues.

New Report Shines a Light on the Global Shadow of Uzbekistani Surveillance
March 31, 2017

New Report Shines a Light on the Global Shadow of Uzbekistani Surveillance

By Catherine Putz
“If we call our relatives, friends and families, everything will be heard, we know that."

Tajik Authorities Seek Long Prison Terms for IRPT Lawyers
September 20, 2016

Tajik Authorities Seek Long Prison Terms for IRPT Lawyers

By Catherine Putz
Meanwhile, in Geneva Tajikistan's human rights record will be up for discussion.
In Tajikistan, Persecution Is a Family Affair
August 25, 2016

In Tajikistan, Persecution Is a Family Affair

By Catherine Putz
Dushanbe continues to pursue its opponents, targeting their lawyers and families now that the core IRPT is in jail.

The Belarus Trap: Former Journalist Faces Forced Return to Turkmenistan
August 09, 2016

The Belarus Trap: Former Journalist Faces Forced Return to Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
While Belarus isn’t willing to extradite all rogue Central Asians, Chary Annamuradov might be one of the unlucky ones.

Merkel in Kyrgyzstan, Activists Urge Pressure on Askarov Case
July 13, 2016

Merkel in Kyrgyzstan, Activists Urge Pressure on Askarov Case

By Catherine Putz
Meanwhile, UN Human Rights Committee reaffirms call for Askarov’s release.

Kyrgyz Supreme Court Punts Askarov Decision
July 12, 2016

Kyrgyz Supreme Court Punts Askarov Decision

By Catherine Putz
The court overturned Azimjon Askarov’s life sentence but sent his case back to the oblast for a retrial; no release.
No News Is Terrible News in Turkmenistan
July 01, 2016

No News Is Terrible News in Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
Saparmamed Nepeskuliev, a freelance journalist detained last summer, hasn’t been heard from since September 2015

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