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Inclusive Education Reform Presents a Litmus Test for the Czech Republic

November 13, 2017Ostalinda Maya Ovalle, Štěpán Drahokoupil
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Is Judicial Independence Finally Coming to Kyrgyzstan?

November 16, 2017Shamil Ibragimov, Joshua Russell
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After the Storm: Building a Better Houston

November 3, 2017John Henneberger

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Desert of Forbidden Art

July 29, 2012 | Andrea Csanadi, Eleanor Kelly

How a museum in the remote desert of north western Uzbekistan came to house one of the world's most remarkable collections of 20th century Russian art.

A Warning for Retailers: Purchase Uzbek Cotton and Risk Your Reputation

July 16, 2012 | Alisher Ilkhamov

Uzbekistan is the only country in the world where children are forced, by order of the government, to harvest cotton.

South Caucasus: Time to Bury the Transition Paradigm

June 7, 2012 | Justin Burke

Since the Soviet Union’s implosion in 1991, the South Caucasus states of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia have been treated as nations in transition. Has the time come to put this notion to rest?

Education: A First Step Toward Reconciliation in Kyrgyzstan

May 24, 2012 | Valentyn Deichman
Education projects in southern Kyrgyzstan are teaching students the benefits of living in a multicultural society and helping to create the conditions necessary to avoid future ethnic conflict.

Eurovision and Oversight: Making the Most of Azerbaijan’s 15 Minutes of Fame

May 9, 2012 | Jacqueline Hale
With the start of the Eurovision song contest, the eyes of the European viewing public will turn to Azerbaijan—and, activists hope, to the corruption and human rights abuses taking place there.

Forced Sterilization Is Torture

April 27, 2012 | Hailey Flynn
More than a thousand people marched along the streets of Taksim Square in Istanbul to demand full economic, political, and human rights for women.

Case Watch: UN Holds Kazakhstan Accountable in Uighur Extradition Case

April 18, 2012 | Matthew Windsor
The Human Rights Committee affirmed that the prohibition on the return of asylum-seekers to torture and the prospect of the death penalty is not subject to balancing based on alleged threats to national security.

Uzbekistan: “Three Children Is Enough for You”

April 13, 2012 | Lydia Guterman
Government medical workers in Uzbekistan are lying to women to convince them to undergo surgical sterilization. Regardless of whether the women are truly convinced, saying no to the permanent procedure is not an option.

Kyrgyzstan: Show Me the Money for Health

April 5, 2012 | Madina Tokombaeva, Maryam Beishenova
Despite an influx of international funding for health, many people in Kyrgyzstan are unable to get the lifesaving medicines that they need. Civil society groups have launched a coordinated effort to monitor and analyze budget spending to identify gaps in health care services.

A Miscarriage of Justice Blocks the Road to Stability in Kyrgyzstan

February 22, 2012 | Jacqueline Hale

The story of Azimzhan Askarov, a human rights defender unfairly serving a life sentence in Kyrgyzstan, symbolizes the country's failing justice system and the ruling elite's unwillingness to safeguard basic rights.