Tuesday 1 June 2004
May 07, 2004
Turkmenistan: State Workers With Foreign Degrees To Be Dismissed
As of 1 June, state workers in Turkmenistan holding degrees of higher education received outside the country since 1993 will be dismissed from their jobs. Analysts say the move is the latest in a long series of educational restrictions imposed in the Central Asian republic.
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 28, 2004
Archive: Drinking Water Scarce In Northern Turkmenistan
Thousands of rural people in Turkmenistan's northern province of Dashoguz lack access to clean drinking water. When potable reserves are particularly low, the population resorts to drinking highly salinated water -- and the serious health complications that come with it.
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.
April 16, 2004
UN: Commission Condemns Belarusian, Turkmen Rights Abuses
For the second year in a row, the UN Human Rights Commission has voted to condemn abuses by the governments of Belarus and Turkmenistan. The Geneva-based commission this year has also taken the extra step of appointing a special rapporteur to investigate rights issues in Belarus. The moves were part of a series of votes on country-specific situations, including a defeat of an EU-sponsored measure to criticize Russian actions in Chechnya.
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 12, 2004
Turkmenistan: President Relaxes Registration Rules For Religious Groups
Under apparent pressure from the United States, Turkmenistan's President Saparmurat Niyazov yesterday issued two decrees relaxing registration rules for religious organizations and exit restrictions on Turkmen citizens.