Thursday 1 April 2004
March 24, 2004
Central Asia: 'World TB Day' Observed Amid Concerns Of Epidemic
World Tuberculosis Day is raising attention about one of the most deadly infectious diseases in the world. In the next 20 years, an estimated 1 billion people will be infected with TB, and some 36 million will die of the disease.
March 18, 2004
Central Asia: EU Commissioner Wraps Up Regional Visit
EU External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten ends tomorrow his five-day tour to Central Asia after meeting the presidents of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. During the visit, the first to the region by a European commissioner since 1996, Patten stressed that a sustainable and fruitful relationship requires tangible steps in the four republics to consolidate civil rights and the rule of law.
March 15, 2004
Tajikistan: Relations With Moscow Appear To Have Reached New Low
Tajik-Russian relations appear to have reached their lowest level since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. Tajikistan has been making unprecedented demands of Russia lately, including the gradual removal of Russian border guards from the Tajik-Afghan border. RFE/RL looks at this shift in policy and the possible reasons behind it.
March 15, 2004
Central Asia: EU Commissioner Begins Rare Tour Of Region
Chris Patten, the European Union's external relations commissioner, today embarks on a rare tour of Central Asia. The visit will take in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan -- bypassing Turkmenistan, which the EU views as undeserving of closer ties. EU officials say Patten will bring a "balanced message," urging greater political and economic reforms, while also recognizing the growing importance of the region in EU foreign policy thinking.
March 10, 2004
Tajikistan: Former Interior Minister In Dushanbe To Face Trial For Treason
Tajikistan's former Interior Minister Yakub Salimov has been formally charged with treason and attempting to overthrow the government. The charges date back to the days of the Tajik civil war and its aftermath, and the trial process to come promises to open many old wounds.
February 27, 2004
Russian Extradition Of Tajik Fuels 'Quid Pro Quo' Speculation
Russia and Tajikistan are currently engaged in difficult negotiations over the future of military cooperation between the two countries. Against this backdrop, Moscow's abrupt decision to extradite former Tajik Interior Minister Yakub Salimov after holding him since June 2003 has given rise to talk of quid pro quo.
February 26, 2004
U.S. Issues Annual Human Rights Report
Washington, 26 February 2004 (RFE/RL) -- A United States government study sees human rights improvements in Afghanistan and Iraq, but says there are continuing human rights problems in the republics of Central Asia, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, and the Middle East.
February 10, 2004
Central Asia: Report Calls On U.S. To Rethink Its Regional Approach
A new report by a U.S. think tank dissects the key political and military factors at play in the U.S. relationship with the states of Central Asia and lays out a comprehensive approach for long-term U.S. involvement in the region. In an interview with RFE/RL, a co-author of the report explains the study's main findings and recommendations.
February 09, 2004
Tajikistan: Donors Meeting Following Up On Dushanbe's Promises To Fight Poverty, Corruption
Top Tajik officials are gathering in London today and tomorrow for talks with donors on the country's progress in reducing poverty. Participants will also look at the disbursement of funds pledged last year.