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A New Champion for LGBTI Rights in Bulgaria

January 16, 2018Gregory Czarnecki

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Education for All in Kyrgyzstan

May 16, 2013 | Valentyn Deichman

What does inclusive education look like in Kyrgyzstan? At Obereg Rehabilitation Center, some students are finding out.

Uzbekistan Must End State-Sponsored Slavery

March 13, 2013 | Mark P. Lagon, Bennett Freeman

Each year the Uzbek government forces hundreds of thousands of its own citizens to pick cotton. But the U.S. State Department now has a chance to pressure Uzbek authorities to curb human trafficking.

Peace May Come to Turkey, but Justice There Remains a Paradox

February 18, 2013 | Chris Stone

Perhaps peace between Turkey and the PKK can resolve the paradox that compromises the country’s otherwise admirable justice sector reforms.

Bilimkeni Academy: Bringing Online Education to Kyrgyzstan

February 6, 2013 | Temir Janadlov

In a country where education resources are uneven, projects like the Bilimkeni Academy—which offers free online classes—make a real difference.

Changing the Pattern, but Not the Policy: Uzbekistan Shifts the Demographics of Forced Labor

January 17, 2013 | Jacqueline Hale, Alisher Ilkhamov

Yet if the Uzbek government is really committed to solving the problem of forced labor it must begin by reforming the cotton industry.

A Kyrgyz Wikipedia

January 17, 2013 | Chorobek Saadanbekov

Encouraging Kyrgyz language entries in Wikipedia will create a free knowledge base for the small Central Asian country.

Parents Lead Change for Children with Disabilities in Tajikistan

December 7, 2012 | Jo Baker

Children with disabilities are one of the most disadvantaged and marginalized groups in Tajik society. In 2009 only one parent association existed to advocate for these children. Three years later, it’s a different story.

Europe’s Caviar Diplomacy with Azerbaijan Must End

November 29, 2012 | Jacqueline Hale

The recent revelation that Azerbaijan has pursued a policy of bestowing gifts of caviar on EU officials comes as no surprise to those who follow the interactions with the Caspian petro-state.

The New Silk Road: Where Will It Lead?

November 4, 2012 | Cornelius Graubner

The U.S. State Department is promoting a New Silk Road in Central Asia, reviving ancient trade routes in a way many hope will bring prosperity to ordinary citizens and drive regional cooperation. But will it?

Kyrgyzstan Must Free Azimjan Askarov

October 10, 2012 | Masha Lisitsyna

Kyrgyzstan is continuing to ignore international calls for the release of a courageous human rights defender, who tried to hold the local police force accountable for their abuses.