17 october 2017

Central Asia news

The administrative resource is not enough. The Central Election Commission of Kyrgyzstan told about «the most democratic elections»

The administrative resource is not enough. The Central Election Commission of Kyrgyzstan told about «the most democratic elections»

13.10.2017 09:08 msk Politics Kyrgyzstan

The situation around the presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan, scheduled for 15 October, continues to heat up. The national authorities themselves are afraid of possible unrest and external interference in the voting process, and the opposition expresses concerns by the flow of complaints about its principal candidate, Omurbek Babanov. Exclusively for Fergana, Elnura Alkanova talked to the member of the Central Election Commission of Kyrgyzstan (CEC) Gulnara Jurabayeva, who explained why rumours about the upcoming riots are groundless, what complaints on the candidates they received and why the power protégé lacks administrative resource to win.

Pre-election Kyrgyzstan: Double game of President Atambayev?

Pre-election Kyrgyzstan: Double game of President Atambayev?

13.10.2017 01:11 msk Analytics Interview Kyrgyzstan

Election of the new head of Kyrgyzstan will be held on Sunday, 15 October. The closer the time of voting, the more bold statements the incumbent president allows himself. He managed to spoil relations not only with his former colleagues. Speaking on 7 October, at the ceremony of awarding teachers, a little too passionate amid election, Almazbek Atambayev "hit" the head of neighboring Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, having managed to insult not only the leader but the country and the government together.

Another political prisoner in Uzbekistan released

Another political prisoner in Uzbekistan released

05.10.2017 22:41 msk Opposition Human Rights Politics Uzbekistan

Sometimes, good news keeps on coming from Uzbekistan: journalist and human rights activist Solizhon Abdurakhmanov freed on 4 October, who spent more than nine years in prison on a fabricated charge. Abdurakhman Tashanov, representative of the human rights society "Ezgulik" informed Fergana about it.

Opium for the President: Religion and Kyrgyzstan’s forthcoming elections

Opium for the President: Religion and Kyrgyzstan’s forthcoming elections

04.10.2017 08:12 msk Politics Religious life Kyrgyzstan

Religion has traditionally been a delicate topic for Kyrgyzstan. Even though the overwhelming majority of the Republic’s population identifies as Muslim, no presidential candidate has been in any hurry to touch upon the topic of religion in their election manifestos. Is the political elite ignoring the burning questions and challenges posed by the rise of religious extremism in Central Asia today?

«To people like you I can say that I’m Uzbek»

«To people like you I can say that I’m Uzbek»

03.10.2017 16:09 msk Politics Migration Afghanistan Uzbekistan

Although Uzbek tribes had lived in Afghanistan for centuries, Soviet Uzbeks’ ethnic kin in Afghanistan weren’t part of their national narrative. The Afghan Uzbeks’ history was not studied properly in Soviet Uzbekistan, nor was it mentioned in our textbooks. At school, we were taught the history of Uzbekistan within the Soviet republic’s territory, and the history of Uzbek people stopped at the Soviet borders. The Soviet media didn’t mention Afghanistan’s Uzbeks. Later I discovered that they weren’t part of the Afghan narrative or curriculum either. The Uzbeks of Afghanistan were some kind of a taboo subject in the two neighbouring countries. But history they had.

Secret arrest again. Still no respect for human rights in Uzbekistan

Secret arrest again. Still no respect for human rights in Uzbekistan

03.10.2017 09:10 msk Human Rights Politics Internet Uzbekistan

The atmosphere in Uzbekistan is changing; breathing is becoming freer. A more biting press is emerging, the previously crushed and cornered public is reviving, and the authorities loudly declare adherence to universal human rights. A sudden and secret arrest of journalist Bobomurod Abdullayev in Tashkent against the background of the events described above makes us think about how much the authorities of the country are sincere in their intentions.

Cotton Slavery in Uzbekistan: The Last Victims?

Cotton Slavery in Uzbekistan: The Last Victims?

28.09.2017 17:32 msk Analytics Human Rights Politics Cotton Uzbekistan

The first three weeks of the barely started cotton season in Uzbekistan has already claimed lives of four people. However, since 21 September Uzbek officials are fulfilling the Prime Minister's order prohibiting taking state employees to cotton fields. What made the Uzbek government dramatically change its policy towards using forced labour in agriculture? And is it the end of the long-standing and humiliating "cotton slavery" in the country?

Rotten method: Kyrgyzstan actively discusses the ethnicity of the presidential candidate?

Rotten method: Kyrgyzstan actively discusses the ethnicity of the presidential candidate?

27.09.2017 09:16 msk Analytics Human Rights Kyrgyzstan

If the presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan, scheduled on 15 October, would have conducted today the clear winner would be Omurbek Babanov. The charismatic, strong-willed and young politician, he has the advantage above all his competitors. And first of all far from the candidate from the party of power Sooronbay Jeenbekov. And it frightens someone. Babanov will become president if the elections are fair, about most independent observers cast huge doubts on including me. Therefore, the vilest method of denigrating a competitor is active - the ethnic.

Turkmenistan healthcare in coma

Turkmenistan healthcare in coma

26.09.2017 09:14 msk Human Rights Turkmenistan

For more than ten years, a certified doctor, a doctor of medical sciences, a "social hygiene and the organisation of health care" professor has been the President of Turkmenistan. The former Minister of Health should have known all issues of public medicine better. However, health care performance in Turkmenistan is not efficient. Fergana observer Atajan Nepesov testifies.

Russian oligarch powered flight of the second president of Uzbekistan to the West

Russian oligarch powered flight of the second president of Uzbekistan to the West

24.09.2017 11:04 msk Editorial Analytics Politics Uzbekistan

September visit of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the United States intended to participate in the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, actually accommodated many important events for official Tashkent, diplomatic, economic and humanitarian. Somehow, this trip of the Uzbek leader over the ocean can be considered a landmark for the relations between the two countries, not only because the first president of the country, Islam Karimov had not been visiting the United States for about 15 years, but also because Mirziyoyev actually demonstrated that multi-vector foreign policy, about which his predecessor was endlessly telling but, in fact, usually following a single course changing it with enviable constancy.

Human rights defender about forced deportation of Uzbeks

Human rights defender about forced deportation of Uzbeks

21.09.2017 09:57 msk Human Rights Politics Migration Russia Uzbekistan

Human rights defender Bahrom Khamroev was born in Uzbekistan, but since 1992 he lives in Russia. Working for the Moscow-based Memorial Centre Bahrom oversees issues related to the protection of the civil rights of fellow countrymen and migrant workers who have arrived from other Central Asia republics in Russia, in particular, trying to prevent them from forced deportation of them to their homeland.

Uzbekistan Football Federation Ltd

Uzbekistan Football Federation Ltd

17.09.2017 19:46 msk Politics Uzbekistan

The Football Federation of Uzbekistan (UF) repeats own history ignoring the numerous warnings of local and foreign specialists, as well as the demands of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), chose the authoritative way of national football management again. The federation conference in the Tashkent hotel "Radisson Blu" lasted only an hour and a half held on 12 September. The delegates elected Umidjon Ahmadjonov as the President Uzbek football federation on a non-alternative basis. The Tashkent city football federation nominated him.

Criminals and Officials in Kyrgyzstan: Who is Covering Whom?

Criminals and Officials in Kyrgyzstan: Who is Covering Whom?

15.09.2017 13:08 msk Analytics Politics Kyrgyzstan

“Krysha” (or “krisha”) in Russia means “roof” or “cover”. The term born in the 1990s when the rule of law was weak and racketeers protected vulnerable entrepreneurs from other gangsters for a fee or a share of its gain. Later, central or local government officials started "covering" business themselves. Historically, whenever crime bosses amass a particular influence in a society, they try to legalise themselves – through business by buying up shares in large firms under a false name, or through politics by standing for public office or holding positions in the bureaucracy. Same is in Kyrgyzstan.

Four years for journalist who opposes Islam in Kyrgyzstan

Four years for journalist who opposes Islam in Kyrgyzstan

13.09.2017 16:31 msk Human Rights Politics Religious life Kyrgyzstan

On 12 September, the District Court in Bishkek sentenced journalist Zulpukar Sapanov to four years in prison finding him guilty of "inciting inter-religious hostility". Sapanov wrote and published the "Kydyr sanjyrasy" (literal translation - "Genealogy of the forefather Kydyr") book in which the author merely noted that once in the ancient times the Kyrgyz were not Muslims.

Muhammad Salih: «I will return to Uzbekistan only as a completely free man!»

Muhammad Salih: «I will return to Uzbekistan only as a completely free man!»

08.09.2017 18:03 msk Opposition Human Rights Politics Interview Uzbekistan

As Fergana previously reported, Interpol supposedly removed the names of the Uzbek opposition leader Muhammad Salih and his younger brother Maksud Bekzhan from its wanted list. Salih himself had talked about this to a BBC journalist. Fergana’s Editor-in-chief editor Daniil Kislov spoke to the poli-tician himself to get his own comment.

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