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Azimjan Askarov Headed for a Second Retrial in Kyrgyzstan
July 19, 2019

Azimjan Askarov Headed for a Second Retrial in Kyrgyzstan

By Catherine Putz
Askarov's last retrial, in 2017, ended with his return to jail on a life sentence. Will things be different this time around?

Conservative Religious Bloggers Detained in Uzbekistan
September 06, 2018

Conservative Religious Bloggers Detained in Uzbekistan

By Catherine Putz
The arrests cast a pall on Uzbekistan's reform efforts and illustrate the boundaries of Tashkent's tolerance for debate.
Tajikistan Issues 12-Year Sentence to Whistleblower Journalist
July 12, 2018

Tajikistan Issues 12-Year Sentence to Whistleblower Journalist

By Catherine Putz
Khayrullo Mirsaidov reported corruption in a November 2017 open letter. On July 11 he was convicted of embezzlement.

Detailing an Arbitrary Detention in Tajikistan
July 06, 2018

Detailing an Arbitrary Detention in Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
The details of Dushanbe’s human rights violations tell the story of a state afraid of its own people but not of international law.

Uzbek Officials Discuss Human Rights in Washington
May 15, 2018

Uzbek Officials Discuss Human Rights in Washington

By Catherine Putz
A few years ago such a panel -- seating a human rights researcher next to an Uzbek official -- would have been unthinkable.

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.

US Security Stakes in Central Asia
February 07, 2017

US Security Stakes in Central Asia

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Erica Marat.  
OSCE Manages to Irritate Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Human Rights Advocates, Too
September 27, 2016

OSCE Manages to Irritate Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Human Rights Advocates, Too

By Catherine Putz
The organization's annual human rights conference has become the focus point for frustration.

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.

2 Kyrgyz Human Rights Activists Sue President Atambayev
June 09, 2016

2 Kyrgyz Human Rights Activists Sue President Atambayev

By Catherine Putz
Tolekan Ismailova and Aziza Abdyrasulova are getting their day in court.

Controversial 'Foreign Agents' Bill Shot Down in Kyrgyz Parliament
May 12, 2016

Controversial 'Foreign Agents' Bill Shot Down in Kyrgyz Parliament

By Catherine Putz
NGOs in Kyrgyzstan will be happy to know that the so-called Foreign Agents Bill won't become law. At least not yet.
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.

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