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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.

The Paradox of Uzbekistan’s Budding Virtual Civic Space
August 20, 2020

The Paradox of Uzbekistan’s Budding Virtual Civic Space

By Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili and Bakhrom Mirakilov
Despite continued challenges, Uzbekistan’s civil society is more vibrant than at any time in the country’s young history.

Uzbek Journalist Detained in Kyrgyzstan at Tashkent’s Request
August 12, 2020

Uzbek Journalist Detained in Kyrgyzstan at Tashkent’s Request

By Catherine Putz
In 2018, Bobomurod Abdullaev walked out of jail in Uzbekistan after a surprising conclusion to a case levied against him by the state. New charges could mark a step backward.

Kristian Lasslett on Uzbekistan’s Cotton Clusters Conundrum 
July 14, 2020

Kristian Lasslett on Uzbekistan’s Cotton Clusters Conundrum 

By Catherine Putz
Privatization of the cotton sector “is in itself no silver bullet solution” for the problems of corruption and forced labor. 
Uzbekistan Must Stay on the Path of Religious Freedom Reform
July 09, 2020

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.

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