News Briefing Central Asia

Running since 2006, News Briefing Central Asia is a multilingual news analysis and comment service focusing on Central Asia’s two most closed states, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Drawing on unique insights and the expertise of a broad range of commentators and experts, the stories cover political and economic developments in the two states and their extremely poor records on human rights, media freedom and democracy.

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17 Jan 13

As the annual call-up for Uzbekistan’s armed forces gets under way next month, many young men will apply to serve for a shorter service.

Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake in Tashkent, August 2012. (Photo: IWPR)
14 Jan 13

Human rights are unlikely to be high on the agenda when America’s top diplomat for Central Asia visits Turkmenistan on January 15.

Russian human rights defender Yelena Ryabina. (Photo courtesy of Ye. Ryabina)
9 Jan 13

Officers from Uzbekistan’s secret service are being allowed to interrogate and mistreat people held in Russian prisons, according to the Moscow-based human rights group Memorial 

4 Jan 13

As a maternal and child health programme enters its second phase in Uzbekistan, questions are being asked about its effectiveness since the government continues to sanction forcible sterilisation.<

21 Dec 12

Two of Uzbekistan’s official political parties are engaged in an unusually public row, but analysts say it does not reflect the emergence of genuine debate in this authoritarian state.

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