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Kyrgyzstan Deports Human Rights Researcher
December 05, 2015

Kyrgyzstan Deports Human Rights Researcher

By Catherine Putz
Religion in Tajikistan, corruption scandals in Uzbekistan, and other weekend reads.
Uzbek Political Prisoner Released After 21 Years
November 12, 2015

Uzbek Political Prisoner Released After 21 Years

By Catherine Putz
Murod Juraev’s release comes ten days after a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Uzbekistan.

Fences and Offenses: Kerry in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
November 02, 2015

Fences and Offenses: Kerry in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
The U.S. is mending fences in Kyrgyzstan and avoiding offenses in Uzbekistan.

Terrorism as Pretext: Religious Repression in Central Asia
October 15, 2015

Terrorism as Pretext: Religious Repression in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Mostly more of the same in the annual religious freedom report, but a small hopeful note.

Turkmenistan’s Insecurity Nexus
October 12, 2015

Turkmenistan’s Insecurity Nexus

By Bradley Jardine
When Ashgabat's elites perceive themselves as vulnerable, violent crackdowns and repression ensues.
UN Committee Obliges Uzbekistan to Investigate Accusations of Torture
October 09, 2015

UN Committee Obliges Uzbekistan to Investigate Accusations of Torture

By Catherine Putz
Mutabar Tadjibayeva says she was subject to torture, gang-rape and forced sterilization at the hands of Uzbek authorities.

Central Asia and the ISIS Phantom
October 02, 2015

Central Asia and the ISIS Phantom

By Cholpon Orozobekova
The region’s leaders have been playing up the ISIS threat. How real is it?
Forced Labor Persists in Uzbek Cotton Harvest
September 25, 2015

Forced Labor Persists in Uzbek Cotton Harvest

By Catherine Putz
Tashkent continues to coerce citizens into picking cotton, and harass human rights activists making not of it.

Turkmenistan Holds 14-Year Old Hostage
September 22, 2015

Turkmenistan Holds 14-Year Old Hostage

By Catherine Putz
Geldy Kyarizov's daughter and sister-in-law remain barred from leaving the country, a ploy to ensure Kyarizov's return.

Who Controls the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan?
August 15, 2015

Who Controls the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan?

By Catherine Putz
Also, what’s it like being a “dealmaker” in “the Stans” and other must-reads.

Why Is All the News From Central Asia Bad, Weird or Ugly?
August 11, 2015

Why Is All the News From Central Asia Bad, Weird or Ugly?

By Catherine Putz
Because when governments try to clamp down on bad news, they prevent good news from surfacing. All that’s left is ugly news.
Has Uzbekistan Made Progress in Ending Forced Labor?
July 28, 2015

Has Uzbekistan Made Progress in Ending Forced Labor?

By Catherine Putz
The U.S. upgraded the country in its annual human trafficking report, saying it is making “significant efforts.”

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