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Uzbekistan Needs NGOs, But the Barriers Remain High
April 20, 2021

Uzbekistan Needs NGOs, But the Barriers Remain High

By Catherine Putz
“A developed and vibrant civil society is needed if we want to build a democratic society.”

Uzbekistan Needs a Navruz for Human Rights
March 01, 2021

Uzbekistan Needs a Navruz for Human Rights

By Steve Swerdlow
Tashkent’s continued authoritarian habits undermine positive steps.
A Closer Look at Uzbekistan’s Privatization Push
February 12, 2021

A Closer Look at Uzbekistan’s Privatization Push

By Corissa Steiner
Tashkent has promoted privatization schemes before. Is this time different?

Uzbekistan Moves Elections to October
February 09, 2021

Uzbekistan Moves Elections to October

By Catherine Putz
The country's elections -- previously held in late December -- will now be held in October.

Murky Waters Surround the Case of the Sardoba Reservoir Failure
January 20, 2021

Murky Waters Surround the Case of the Sardoba Reservoir Failure

By Catherine Putz
A trial is ongoing, but behind closed doors, while citizens complain of unfair distribution of promised compensation.

There Won’t be Political Reform in Uzbekistan. Here’s Why
December 22, 2020

There Won’t be Political Reform in Uzbekistan. Here’s Why

By Dilmira Matyakubowa
Genuine reform takes place not through quashing free thinkers and critics but in encouraging and even embracing them. 

Can Uzbekistan Stay on Track in Improving its Human Rights Record?
December 17, 2020

Can Uzbekistan Stay on Track in Improving its Human Rights Record?

By Nodirjon Kirgizbaev
Uzbekistan undoubtedly needs to continue implementing recent initiated reforms, but its progress is promising.
Eliminating Forced Labor in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Sector – A Work Still in Progress
December 15, 2020

Eliminating Forced Labor in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Sector – A Work Still in Progress

By Umida Niyazova
Uzbekistan has made enormous progress in eliminating forced labor, but has yet to fully eradicate it.

Uzbekistan: The Long Struggle for Freedom of Expression
November 19, 2020

Uzbekistan: The Long Struggle for Freedom of Expression

By Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska
Freedom of expression remains partial and fragile in Uzbekistan, but a limited recent opening may be impossible to reverse.

A Real Opportunity for Religion Law Reform in Uzbekistan
October 16, 2020

A Real Opportunity for Religion Law Reform in Uzbekistan

By Knox Thames
Uzbekistan has a real opportunity to cement its significant gains, turn away from its authoritarian past, and reclaim its place as a Central Asian leader. 

Uzbekistan’s COVID-19 Response Exposes Tashkent’s Reform Successes and Failures
September 25, 2020

Uzbekistan’s COVID-19 Response Exposes Tashkent’s Reform Successes and Failures

By Benjamin Godwin
What does the coronavirus response say about the government’s ability to deliver on its ambitious reform program? 
Abdullaev Extradited to Uzbekistan Then Released, Investigation Pending
August 24, 2020

Abdullaev Extradited to Uzbekistan Then Released, Investigation Pending

By Catherine Putz
The specifics of the charges against 47-year old Uzbek journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev remain unclear, but the case is drawing significant attention.

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