Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe's commissioner for human rights, has expressed concern about the continuing imprisonment of Armenian opposition members during a fact-finding visit to Yerevan.
The entire staff of the Russian-language weekly "Vecherny Dushanbe" has resigned to protest censorship and "harassment" by their owner.
Kyrgyz Prime Minister Almazbek Atambaev says the salaries of secondary-school teachers and health-care workers will be substantially increased as of May 1.
The trial of two former local Kazakh officials charged with high treason has begun in the northeastern city of Qaraghandy.
Two lawyers' associations in Britain are calling on Iran to release a prominent human rights lawyer who was jailed for 11 years earlier this month.
Two Russian opposition activists have been found guilty of inciting hatred and fined 100,000 rubles ($3,300) each in the southeastern republic of Buryatia.
U.S. President Obama has pressed Chinese President Hu Jintao to acknowledge the universality of certain human rights as the Chinese leader insists Beijing is "making progress."
President Hamid Karzai's office says that the inauguration of Afghanistan's new parliament has been delayed to February 22, amid allegations of fraud by some losing candidates.
Tajik government forces continue to hunt for followers of militant commander Alovuddin Davlatov in Tajikabad.
Human Rights Watch says the European Union should appoint a special prosecutor to investigate crimes allegedly committed by Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and his rebel group during the 1998-99 war with Serbia.
Tunisian police today fired shots in the air to disperse hundreds of protesters demanding that ministers associated with the rule of ousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali quit the government.
The accusations against former Deputy Culture Minister Mohammad Ali Ramin were leveled by the former head of that ministry's foreign press department, Mohammad Hossein Khoshvakht.