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Spotlight: Fundamental rights in Central Asia


A new report published by four NGOs surveys recent developments in the areas of freedom of expression; freedom of association and assembly; and non-discrimination and access to justice in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. It details growing concerns about restrictions on media, the political opposition and civil society, as well as violations of the rights of minorities and other vulnerable groups at a time when the Central Asian governments are stepping up efforts to ensure stability, unity and “moral” cohesion in society. (See more in summary below). The report is based on monitoring carried out by Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law, Nota Bene (Tajikistan) and Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights in their respective countries in May-August 2015. International Partnership for Human Rights (Belgium) has worked with these three organizations on the preparation of the report within the framework of a joint project.

The full report is available HERE.

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