Friday 30 July 2004
July 30, 2004
Kazakhstan: Opposition Party Sees Fortunes Rise And Fall
Kazakh opposition party Ak Zhol, or "Bright Path," has seen its fortunes rise and fall in the past month. One party co-chairman was named to the influential position of information minister while another was found guilty of slander and barred from participating in September's parliamentary elections.
July 26, 2004
Kazakh Slavery Case Underscores Wider Problem
For four people in southern Kazakhstan, the hope of eking out a meager existence led to a nightmare of human bondage. The story of their descent into slavery underscores a growing problem in a region where extreme economic inequality provides fertile ground for an age-old form of exploitation.
July 22, 2004
Kyrgyzstan: Outspoken Ombudsman Possesses Unique Regional Voice
Central Asia is a region where few dare challenge the will of the presidents. Most officials follow their president's lead, and what attempts there are to find an official to act as a bridge, a mediator, between the people and the government are usually made to serve the interests of the authorities. But there is one man, the ombudsman in Kyrgyzstan, who routinely voices opinions that contradict the government's views.
July 20, 2004
Kazakhstan: Death Of Opposition Journalist Raises Suspicions
Sharipzhan was writing an article about a Nazarbaev (pictured) rival at the time of his death Askhat Sharipzhan, an independent journalist in Kazakhstan who worked mainly on the Internet, died today from multiple skull fractures he sustained after being hit by a car as he crossed the street. It appears the tragic event was simply the result of a traffic accident, but there are some in Kazakhstan who question that.
July 12, 2004
Analysis: Russia Coordinates New Broadside Against OSCE
At Moscow's instigation, the six CIS states that are members of the CIS Collective Security Treaty Organization (Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan), together with Moldova, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan, issued a statement in Vienna on 8 July harshly criticizing the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and calling for a fundamental refocusing of its priorities and activities.
July 09, 2004
OSCE: Several CIS States Rebuke Democracy Watchdog
Russia and eight other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are accusing the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) -- the continent's biggest security and human rights watchdog -- of failing to respect their sovereignty. A written statement signed by Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan said the OSCE does not respect fundamental principles such as noninterference in internal affairs and respect of national sovereignty.
July 07, 2004
Central Asia: Buying Ignorance -- Kyrgyz, Kazakhs Lead In Education Reform (Part 4)
In Central Asia, corruption in the education system is rife. Low wages and lax standards have created a vicious cycle in which teachers and administrators demand bribes that students and parents often feel they can't refuse. The costs -- to students, schools, and society in general -- are high. Now officials in two countries, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, are taking tentative steps to introduce reforms. In this fourth and final part of our series on corruption in education, RFE/RL reports that reformers in both countries are hoping standardized testing can solve some of the problems.