Tuesday 1 June 2004
May 27, 2004
Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Bound By More Than Geography
Kyrgyz President Askar Akaev is wrapping up a two-day visit to Tajikistan today. While a number of bilateral agreements have been signed, Akaev's visit has also succeeded in reminding observers that these two Central Asian nations share many geographical, historical, and political similarities.
May 26, 2004
Kyrgyzstan: 'For Fair Elections' -- Is A New Political Force Emerging?
A new political group -- Union for Honest Elections -- has established itself in Kyrgyzstan. Among its leaders is Misir Ashirkulov, an old friend of the Kyrgyz president and until this week the country's Security Council secretary. Ashirkulov has joined forces with an alliance of some of the most vocal opposition groups in the country.
May 18, 2004
World: U.S. State Department Issues Report Examining Government Record On Promoting Rights
The United States says advancing human rights and democracy around the world reflects its values and promotes its interests. The recent scandal involving U.S. troop abuse of detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghurayb prison has been a blow to Washington's image as a human rights standard-bearer. A report issued yesterday by the U.S. State Department paints a mixed picture of the work the U.S. government is doing to promote democracy and human rights in Iraq and elsewhere.
May 14, 2004
Central Asia: Disappointment And Anger As Prison Scandal Cuts Into America's Democratic Image.
By now, the disturbing photographs documenting U.S. prisoner abuse in Iraq have been seen in nearly all corners of the Earth. In Central Asia, the scandal has drawn virtually no official response from governments reliant on U.S. aid and loathe to draw attention to their own human rights records. But many citizens in the region are angry about the treatment of the Iraqi detainees -- and disappointed that a human rights standard-bearer like the United States could stoop to torture and abuse.
May 12, 2004
Afghanistan: Conference On Reconstruction Ends With Call For Regional Unity
On the heels of last month's Berlin conference on Afghan reconstruction, the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek this week hosted a forum for Afghanistan's regional neighbors. The three-day conference, which ended today, explored mutually beneficial ways for Iran, Pakistan, and the countries of Central Asia to contribute to the process of rebuilding the war-torn country.
May 06, 2004
Head Of Kyrgyz Anticorruption Department Killed
6 May 2004 -- Interior Ministry spokesman Joldoshbek Buzurmankulov told a press conference today in Bishkek that Chynybek Aliev, chief of the Kyrgyz Interior Ministry's anticorruption department, was shot dead as he was driving his car last night.
May 03, 2004
Central Asia: Report Says Journalists' Work Difficult And Dangerous
The Paris-based media-monitoring group Reporters Without Borders has issued a report pointing to the grim state of media freedoms in Central Asia. Death, torture, censorship -- all are part of the journalist's lot in that part of the world. RFE/RL looks at the report, which was issued to coincide with World Press Freedom Day.
April 27, 2004
Central Asia: Is Uzbekistan The Source Of Regional Extremism?
aftermath of bomb blast in Tashkent Mounting concerns about extremism in Central Asia are focusing increasingly on Uzbekistan -- the country where most extremist acts are committed. RFE/RL reports on possible explanations for Uzbekistan's rising role as the hub of Central Asian terrorism.