Protests took place in Kazakhstan on election day and continued for several days over what government critics saw as an orchestrated handover of power.
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In modern contexts, all definitions of Central Asia include these five republics of the former Soviet Union: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The largely Muslim region has been increasingly anti-democracy since it broke off as a group from Russia in 1991. Also see our section on World Democracy and our articles on Russia and Vladimir Putin.
Human Rights Watch re-established a presence in Uzbekistan in August 2017 after President Shavkat Mirziyoyev launched a reform campaign.
Today neither social nor mainstream media in Kazakhstan were reporting on orderly presidential elections rather reporting about protests during the election.
Polls have closed in Kazakhstan where police detained hundreds of protesters and several journalists as the country held a snap presidential election.
Ex-Soviet republic Uzbekistan unblocked a dozen news and rights websites known for critical coverage of the Central Asian country.
Gulgeldy Annaniyazov’s long spell in prison was supposed to end this year, but without concerted international action his ordeal will drag on.
To test the limits of his right to peacefully demonstrate in Kazakhstan, stood in a public square holding a blank sign, predicting he would be detained.
Every time authorities in Kazakhstan crack down on peaceful protests, I find myself coming back to the words of Maina Kiai.
Freedom House calls for immediate release of jailed activists and urges government of Kazakhstan to allow citizens freely express their political.
The Tajik government should immediately and unconditionally release a seriously ill political activist who has been tortured, nine human rights groups said.