Tashkent Human Rights Demonstration Dispersed Quickly

Translation 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).

Teachers say they want to teach the Kyrgyz gov’t a lesson

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…

Persona non-grata: the CIS ban system for human right defenders and journalists

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.

Cribbing a friend’s essay

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?

Newspaper Sees Mass Exodus

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…

Turkmenistan’s new Muslims, part 2: sewing the threads (the warp)

Turkmen Islam has long been renowned as a private and not particularly fervent affair. However, the situation is rapidly changing, particularly among Turkmenistan’s young. neweurasia’s Annasoltan tries to sew together the picture about what’s really going on, beginning with the “warp”, namely, problem of authority and the combination of traditional laxity and modern totalitarianism.

Home away from home – hotel. No home at home – Osh?

Kyrgyzstan is a signatory to numerous international and UN conventions on human rights and liberties. Hence the celebration of the International Human Rights Day on 10 December every year. Unfortunately, this year’s Day is exactly half-a-year “late”; maybe the inhumane atrocities in the south would not have happened if there was so much attention the issue is enjoying these days. The state directorate for rebuilding Osh and Jalal-Abad reports that 30 damaged (!) houses in the south were not restored because “the owners were not present and were not included into the list of needy”… Of course, they had to…

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