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Settling Central Asia’s Borders Is No Easy Task
April 10, 2021

Settling Central Asia’s Borders Is No Easy Task

By Catherine Putz
People on both sides of these possibly shifting borders have strong feelings about it.

Uzbekistan: Opposition Erk Party Wants in on October Presidential Election
April 06, 2021

Uzbekistan: Opposition Erk Party Wants in on October Presidential Election

By Catherine Putz
The last time an Uzbek president faced a serious challenger was in 1991. Erk hasn’t been allowed to front a candidate since.
US-Central Asia: New Trilateral Dialogues Bring Regional Focus to Afghanistan
April 06, 2021

US-Central Asia: New Trilateral Dialogues Bring Regional Focus to Afghanistan

By Akram Umarov
In May 2020 and March 2021, the United States started up two new trilateral dialogues pairing Afghanistan with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. 

Uzbekistan Criminalizes Online Slander Against the President
April 02, 2021

Uzbekistan Criminalizes Online Slander Against the President

By Catherine Putz
Instead of progress on decriminalizing defamation, Uzbek authorities have amended the criminal code to include online insults of the president as punishable with prison time. 

Amid Debate Over LGBT Rights, Uzbek Authorities Victim-Blame Attacked Activist
March 31, 2021

Amid Debate Over LGBT Rights, Uzbek Authorities Victim-Blame Attacked Activist

By Catherine Putz
A blogger who suggested Uzbekistan decriminalize gay sex was brutally attacked. The Interior Ministry and others blame him for provoking the assault.

Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Border: ‘Resolved 100 Percent’
March 30, 2021

Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Border: ‘Resolved 100 Percent’

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyz officials laud a protocol signed with Uzbekistan to settle, once and for all, the border. Much work remains ahead to realize the agreement on the ground.

Uzbekistan Aims to Deepen Links Between Central and South Asia
March 29, 2021

Uzbekistan Aims to Deepen Links Between Central and South Asia

By Umida Hashimova
Tashkent is organizing a high-level conference this summer aimed at bridging Central Asian countries and South Asian markets. 
Which Central Asian Students Can Return to Russia to Study?
March 25, 2021

Which Central Asian Students Can Return to Russia to Study?

By Catherine Putz
Tajik students, for now, are not among those being allowed to return to their studies in Russia. 

Border Issue Tops Agenda in Kyrgyz State Visit to Uzbekistan
March 22, 2021

Border Issue Tops Agenda in Kyrgyz State Visit to Uzbekistan

By Umida Hashimova
In the Kyrgyz president’s first state visit to Uzbekistan earlier this month, border issues topped the agenda.

‘It Happens Every Day, to Everyone’: Street Harassment in Uzbekistan
March 17, 2021

‘It Happens Every Day, to Everyone’: Street Harassment in Uzbekistan

By Munisa Abdullaeva 
A majority of girls in Uzbekistan have experienced some form of street harassment, from catcalls to physical assault.

Will Uzbekistan Allow an Opposition Candidate to Run for President?
March 02, 2021

Will Uzbekistan Allow an Opposition Candidate to Run for President?

By Catherine Putz
Recent events further dim already bleak hopes for a free and fair presidential election in Uzbekistan later this year.
RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service Reveals Secret Mountain Resort
February 26, 2021

RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service Reveals Secret Mountain Resort

By Catherine Putz
In an investigation released this week, RFE/RL poked into the Uzbek president’s alleged secret resort in the mountains.

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