Gender stereotypes and discriminatory legislation continue to hinder women's ability to pursue careers in politics, business, and many other fields. Nonetheless, hope remains.
Uzbek President Karimov (file photo) (AFP)
29 December 2005 -- President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan has underlined his country's rejection of the GUUAM grouping by denouncing a number of key documents that Uzbekistan once signed.
The outside world has viewed Central Asia primarily through the prism of geopolitics at least since the 19th century. 2005 provided plenty of grist for the geopolitical mill.
Uzbekistan's supreme court today sent another 11 people to jail for their role in an alleged uprising in May in the eastern city of Andijon.
Incoherent legislation continues to expose migrants and asylum seekers to exploitation, bribery, and violence in the former Soviet Union. Those who try to enter the EU often end up in abuse-plagued detention centers.
The UN Human Rights Commissioner says many of the more than 150 convictions handed down in connection with the violence in Andijon are unjust and unfounded.
It takes courage to swim against the prevailing current, particularly where political authoritarianism or social convention penalizes such actions. RFE/RL profiles six inspiring examples.
Name: Galima Bukharbaeva
26 December 2005 -- Uzbekistan has said United Nations' concerns about the fairness of trials for those allegedly involved in an uprising in the eastern city of Andijon are unfounded.
Louise Arbour (file photo) (AFP)
23 December 2005 -- The United Nations' top human rights official today called on the Uzbek government to respect international judicial standards.
Zokir Almatov (file photo) (RFE/RL)
23 December 2005 -- Uzbekistan's Interior Ministry today confirmed that Zakir Almatov handed in his resignation on 22 December.
23 December 2005 -- Uzbekistan's Supreme Court says it has sentenced 37 more people to prison terms for allegedly participating in last May's violence in the eastern city of Andijon.