Wednesday, May 27, 2015


News and Features from Central Asia

UN Rights Body Urges Kyrgyzstan To Review 'Foreign Agents' Bill

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has urged Kyrgyzstan to review a draft law on "foreign agents" that could have a negative impact on many rights groups being active in the country.
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Photogallery Kazakh Official Denies Rocket Crash-Saiga Death Link

A high-ranking Kazakh space official, addressing suggestions that a massive die-off of endangered saiga antelope was linked to rocket crashes, has said that at this point "we do not see a direct link."
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Turkmen President Honors Himself With Giant Gold Horse Statue

Authorities in Turkmenistan have unveiled a giant golden statue of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov on horseback in the capital, a towering sign of a growing personality cult celebrating the authoritarian leader.
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Photogallery Saiga Antelope Death Toll In Kazakhstan Reaches 85,000

The death toll in a mysterious mass deaths of critically endangered saiga antelopes has risen sharply to 85,000, according to authorities in Kazakhstan who are still unsure of the cause.
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HRW Wants Kyrgyz To Reject 'Foreign Agents' Bill

Human Rights Watch has called on Kyrgyz deputies to reject a bill requiring domestic NGOs that receive foreign funding and engage in "political activities" to register as "foreign agents."
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Kyrgyz Join Russia-Led EES

Kyrgyzstan's president has signed a law ratifying treaties on his country's accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EES).
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Photogallery What Is Killing Off Kazakhstan's Rare Antelope?

Herds of one of Central Asia's most iconic animals, Kazakhstan's saiga antelope, are dwindling rapidly and no one seems to know why.
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Mystery Of Missing Tajik OMON Commander Deepens

Tajik authorities vow to shed light on the fate of a missing OMON commander amid sensational reports he was arrested abroad while holding a fake passport and extradited home.
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Tajik Lawmakers Back Tajik-Chinese Extradition Deal

Tajikistan's parliament has unanimously approved a Tajik-Chinese agreement on the mutual extradition of suspected and convicted felons.
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Kazakh Saiga Die-Off Reaches 20,000

The death toll in a sudden die-off of critically endangered saiga antelope is nearing 20,000, according to authorities in northern Kazakhstan who are still unsure of the cause.
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