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religious freedom in Central Asia

US Religious Freedom Watchdog Recommends Kyrgyzstan for Special Watch List

US Religious Freedom Watchdog Recommends Kyrgyzstan for Special Watch List

By Catherine Putz
For the first time, all five Central Asian states are named in some fashion in the annual USCIRF report for violating religious freedoms.

It’s Karimov Era 2.0 for Muslims in Uzbekistan

It’s Karimov Era 2.0 for Muslims in Uzbekistan

By Madina Amin
A new wave of arrests in Uzbekistan have centered on religious lectures, songs, and social media posts, calling up memories of the not-so-distant Karimov era.
Will Jehovah’s Witness Shamil Khakimov Be Released From Prison in Tajikistan?

Will Jehovah’s Witness Shamil Khakimov Be Released From Prison in Tajikistan?

By Catherine Putz
Jailed in 2019 on charges of “inciting religious hatred,” Shamil Khakimov’s jail term ends on May 16. But he may not be released.

USCIRF Again Highlights Violations of Religious Freedoms in Central Asia

USCIRF Again Highlights Violations of Religious Freedoms in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
In its latest annual report, USCIRF recommends designating Tajikistan and Turkmenistan as "countries of particular concern" and asks for Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to be included on the special watch list for religious freedom violators.

Religious Freedom in Uzbekistan: Still Space for Reform

Religious Freedom in Uzbekistan: Still Space for Reform

By Catherine Putz
Despite some promising progress, USCIRF Chair Nury Turkel says Uzbekistan continues to severely restrict religious freedoms.

Uzbekistan Must Stay on the Path of Religious Freedom Reform

Uzbekistan Must Stay on the Path of Religious Freedom Reform

By Nadine Maenza and Nury Turkel
Tashkent has made progress on the path toward greater religious freedom, but must remain vigilant to protect the gains it has made and continue to actively push forward.

9 Young Jehovah’s Witnesses Remain Detained in Turkmenistan

9 Young Jehovah’s Witnesses Remain Detained in Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
The nine men are all conscientious objectors, imprisoned for refusing compulsory military service.
Of Concerns and Waivers: Religious Freedom and US Interests in Central Asia

Of Concerns and Waivers: Religious Freedom and US Interests in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Tajikistan and Turkmenistan were once again designated as  “Countries of Particular Concern” for violations of religious freedom.

Can Uzbekistan Become a Model Secular, Muslim-Majority State?

Can Uzbekistan Become a Model Secular, Muslim-Majority State?

By Catherine Putz
Uzbekistan's efforts to expand religious freedoms in the country have not gone unnoticed, but challenges remain.

5 Years in Prison for Kazakh Jehovah's Witness

5 Years in Prison for Kazakh Jehovah's Witness

By Catherine Putz
Teimur Akhmedov was charged under Article 174: inciting hatred.

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