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Open Society Foundations activities in the South Caucasus, Central Asia, and Mongolia promote social progress and human rights by supporting programs, research, advocacy, and local organizations addressing issues such as democratic governance, human rights, and transparency and accountability.

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Recent Work

Voices
Messages about Turkmenistan Darken American Congratulations

What’s going on inside this Central Asian autocracy raises questions about how American policymakers prioritize human rights in foreign relations.

Event
Broader Implications of the Human Rights Crackdown in Azerbaijan

Gerald Knaus of the European Stability Initiative and Paige Alexander of USAID discuss the implications of the ongoing crackdown on human rights in Azerbaijan.

Voices
Bringing School to an Orphanage in Kyrgyzstan Means New Prospects for Children

Askar, an 11-year-old boy, is an orphan like many in Kyrgyzstan, living with a musculoskeletal disorder and abandoned by birth parents. But he is gaining something like a community.

Voices
Exposing a Disgrace: Uzbek Elite Keep Profiting from Forced Labor

Uzbekistan still depends on cotton exports driven by what amounts to slave labor. A new report brings this practice to light.

Report
Uzbekistan’s Cotton Sector: Financial Flows and Distribution of Resources

This report provides new insights into how a small circle within Uzbekistan’s government realizes huge profits by ignoring human rights and keeping a centralized business alive.

Briefing Paper
2014 and Beyond: Priorities for the European Union

This briefing paper presents policy areas that require an effective EU response and where Open Society has expertise as a donor and advocate of human rights and universal values.

Open Society People

Jeff Goldstein
Senior Policy Analyst, Eurasia
Open Society Foundations–Washington, D.C., Open Society Policy Center