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Forced Labor Remains Endemic in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan
July 01, 2016

Forced Labor Remains Endemic in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
The two countries were downgraded in the U.S. State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons report.
Promise and Problems in Kyrgyzstan’s Courts
June 23, 2016

Promise and Problems in Kyrgyzstan’s Courts

By Catherine Putz
The Kyrgyz Supreme Court set a date to reconsider the case of Azimjon Askarov.

Lawyer of Jailed Tajik Opposition Politician Dies
June 13, 2016

Lawyer of Jailed Tajik Opposition Politician Dies

By Catherine Putz
Ishoq Tabarov’s two sons are in jail on charges rights advocates say were brought specifically to pressure their father.

Top Opposition Leaders Given Life Sentences in Tajikistan
June 02, 2016

Top Opposition Leaders Given Life Sentences in Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
A dozen other IRPT leaders were given between two and 28 years.

Kyrgyz Authorities Move to Seize Jailed Activists Home
June 01, 2016

Kyrgyz Authorities Move to Seize Jailed Activists Home

By Catherine Putz
Why--if Azimjan Askarov was convicted in 2010--are the authorities moving only now to seize his property?
Tajikistan Talks the Talk on Rights, But Opposition Trials Continue
May 12, 2016

Tajikistan Talks the Talk on Rights, But Opposition Trials Continue

By Catherine Putz
Dushanbe says the right things in international forums, but hasn’t made measurable progress in fulfilling its rights commitments.

Kazakhstan Scrambles to Deflate Protest Tensions
May 07, 2016

Kazakhstan Scrambles to Deflate Protest Tensions

By Catherine Putz
And Tajikistan tries to distract from human rights criticisms; recommended reads.
Tajikistan's Attack on Lawyers
May 05, 2016

Tajikistan's Attack on Lawyers

By Catherine Putz
Dushanbe's campaign against human rights lawyers has not gone unnoticed.

OSCE Hosts Master Class on Media Regulation in Turkmenistan
May 05, 2016

OSCE Hosts Master Class on Media Regulation in Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
This is not, apparently, satire.

UN Human Rights Committee Weighs in on Kyrgyzstan's Askarov Case
April 22, 2016

UN Human Rights Committee Weighs in on Kyrgyzstan's Askarov Case

By Catherine Putz
The committee called on Kyrgyzstan to release Azimjon Askarov immediately.

Tajikistan Battered With Criticism, But US Waives Sanctions
April 21, 2016

Tajikistan Battered With Criticism, But US Waives Sanctions

By Catherine Putz
Annual report season has been harsh on Dushanbe, but don't expect policy changes in Washington.
Kyrgyz MP Pushes Back on US Human Rights Assessment
April 18, 2016

Kyrgyz MP Pushes Back on US Human Rights Assessment

By Catherine Putz
"In the global confrontation it can be observed as part of the information war.”

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