Protesters in oil-rich Kazakhstan are decrying political repression. 50 were arrested in Almaty, the largest city in the country.
Central Asia articles on Democracy Chronicles
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.
Uzbekistan’s parliament is considering a draft new law that may undermine free speech. HRW proposed its publication and review.
Otabek Sattoriy an outspoken blogger in Uzbekistan faces 10 years in prison in a dubious extortion case brought by authorities.
Kyrgyzstan’s third revolution has set off a series of maneuvers leading to early presidential elections and a constitutional referendum.
The government suspended several Kazakhstan human rights organizations over their funding sources, escalating its ongoing campaign.
Crackdown on local human rights groups casts serious doubt that Kazakhstan’s leadership is genuinely interested in reforms
For simple acts, the Tajikistan police detained Nabiev on August 27, 2020 and accused him of illegal activities.
China’s advanced surveillance regime is taking root along the length of the Belt and Road —especially the Belt, the overland Eurasian routes.
Terms of release of Serikzhan Bilash, are to silence the activist, a show of Kazakhstan’s contempt for rights, argues Hugh Williamson in an article in HRW.
Tajikistan faces significant challenges in dealing with the issue of enforced disappearances.“We leave Tajikistan with some hope and serious concerns”.