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Celebrating International Migrants Day in Kyrgyzstan
Written by , Monday, 20 Dec, 2010 – 7:00 | 5 Comments


On December 18 world celebrated the 10th anniversary of the International Migrants Day. UN Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations are invited to observe International Migrants Day through the dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, and through the sharing of experiences and the design of actions to ensure their protection.

Mrs. Aygul Ryskulova, Minister of Labour, Employment and Migration, noted that Kyrgyzstan is one of the major suppliers of the work force in Central Asia. Minister stated that in nine months of 2010 Kyrgyz nationals abroad sent around 1 billion US dollars to their families. This amount is approximately equal to 25 percent of GDP of the whole country.

The main destination of Kyrgyz labor migrants is Russia. According to the official estimates there are more than 380 thousand workers from Kyrgyzstan working in the Russian Federation. While Mrs. Ryskulova proudly announced about the joint programme to enhance welfare of the migrants’ families, she said nothing about looming problem in Russia for Kyrgyz migrants – organized racist gangs. According to the data of independent human rights centre (link – sova) in 2009 68 were killed and 212 were injured by racists. The greatest number of killed migrants is from Central Asia: Uzbekistan (14), Kyrgyzstan (8) and Tajikistan (6). It is believed that real numbers are even bigger because Russian officials prefer not to admit even the existence of the problem. For instance, in 2008 when number of victims killed by racists reached 118 (official count), Mr. Pronin, Head of the Chief Department of Inferior Affairs, declared that there was no organized armed racist gangs.

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Pioneering the Turkmennet, part 1: weaving the Turkmenweb
Written by , Monday, 20 Dec, 2010 – 1:00 | One Comment


Editor’s note: During the dark days of Niyazov, when the internet was closed to the majority of Turkmen, an entrepreneur in Houston was laying the groundwork for today’s growing “Turkmennet”. neweurasia’s Annasoltan sits down with Muhammed Mamedov of Turkmenweb and listens to his view on the past, present, and future of his business, the Turkmen online community, and Turkmenistan’s internet policy.

If you’re looking for a person with a good deal of experience in creating Turkmen websites, then Muhammed Mamedov, the founder of Turkmenweb (http://www.turkmenweb.net), and the man who calls himself “the pioneer of the Turkmen web”, is certainly one of the people you should talk with.

Many of you may have visited his sites without being aware of it, as the scope of Turkmenweb’s activities is quite broad. Recently, I had a chat with him which was quite enlightening about the history of the Turkmennet

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Tashkent Human Rights Demonstration Dispersed Quickly
Written by , Friday, 17 Dec, 2010 – 15:35 | One Comment

ptvpjpg-150x150Translation of a guest post by Bakhadyr Namazov, independent journalist and human rights activist. Read the original in Russian.

On 6 December 2010, at 10 a.m., a small group of Uzbek human rights activists came out to protest on the Republic’s main square, Mustakillik.

Abdulo Tojiboi ugli, Viktoria Bazhenova, Vladimir Husainov and Dmitri Tikhonov demanded the resignation of President Karimov and his government, as well as freedom of assembly, association and movement (Dmitri Tikhonov has been unable to leave the country for the past year). Read the full story »

Kyrgyzstan in Numbers: National Opinion Poll
Written by , Friday, 17 Dec, 2010 – 10:36 | 8 Comments


Recently, International Republican Institute presented results of its traditional National Opinion Poll (unfortunately, in my country this kind of polls is interesting for international organizations). It was commissioned by USAID and conducted by Gallup Poll representatives in the region.

Most of the outcomes were in the range of “expected results” and any Kyrgyz citizen would say “I don’t need a multi-thousand dollar poll to know that”. However, there are some interesting and rather disturbing points that our government and anyone interested in the development of the country should take into careful consideration. I would like to go over some of such interesting points. Read the full story »

Special announcement: neweurasia partners with the European Journalism Centre
Written by , Friday, 17 Dec, 2010 – 1:00 | No Comment


neweurasia is pleased to announce a content-sharing collaboration with the European Journalism Centre (EJC), a non-profit media organization based in the Netherlands that covers industry issues and news by and for journalists.

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Teachers say they want to teach the Kyrgyz gov’t a lesson
Written by , Wednesday, 15 Dec, 2010 – 2:01 | 2 Comments

It is funny how teachers in Kyrgyzstan do not see the real economic situation in the country and continue demanding to boost their salaries. Those who are supposed to be source of enlightenment and knowledge fail to evaluate the current budget’s limits. It is funny that teacher throughout (!) the country are posing the same demand. Or is it funny, and there is no invisible hand behind the educators’ rallies?

The rallies are popping up in various parts of the country like an avalanche trace. Bazar Korgon teachers were first to take to street demanding to increase their salaries up to 10,000 Kyrgyz soms (1 USD=47 KGS). The “contagious decease” then spread onto Naryn, which was coupled with a protest march of those unhappy with the state administration. The “avalanche” marched onto Issyk-Kul and then onto Talas, the home of the second “popular revolution”. Read the full story »

Persona non-grata: the CIS ban system for human right defenders and journalists
Written by , Wednesday, 15 Dec, 2010 – 1:00 | No Comment
Image by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, courtesy of the author.

Image by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, courtesy of the author.

Editor’s note: The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is developing a computerized method of banning journalists and human rights defenders from its collective territory, according to a report by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee. The report’s author, Ivar Dale, tells neweurasia’s readership about his very important and critical research.

In the latest Norwegian Helsinki Committee report, we examine a topic that only sporadically receives attention in Russian-language media, but which thus far has not been the subject of systematic research: the obstruction of journalists and human rights defenders from entering member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

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Doctorate scholarships available at Exeter, but the deadline is very soon
Written by , Tuesday, 14 Dec, 2010 – 2:00 | One Comment

Here’s a juicy announcement for the doctoral students among our readership: the University of Exeter is offering PhD scholarships. The full announcement is below.

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Cribbing a friend’s essay
Written by , Tuesday, 14 Dec, 2010 – 2:00 | One Comment

Today I’m thinking about plagiarism and the whole attitude to cheating in Kazakhstan. Of course, this is hard to define. In the West, the system expects that only one person can be considered the Columbus of an idea, bravely finding new things. What if several people at once came up with a brilliant idea?

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Newspaper Sees Mass Exodus
Written by , Monday, 13 Dec, 2010 – 21:48 | No Comment

Translation of Kamilla’s post (RUS)

All of Kabar Information Agency’s Russian staff have quit their jobs, citing disagreement over the new leadership’s policies.

According to one of the former writers, the new director started “cleansing the staff of the information agency.”

“The conflict started when we were handed out ‘gray lists’ of people who were not to be allowed ‘into print.’ They included the opposition, human rights activists and anyone else who criticizes the current administration’s policies. The new government promised us freedom of speech, but, in reality, censorship is now stricter than it was under Bakiev,” says a former Kabar employee. Read the full story »