The EU Central Asia Strategy

An essential opportunity for human rights

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In this 10-page briefing paper, Human Rights Watch articulates how the European Union should make respect for human rights an integral part of its new Central Asia strategy. The strategy, an initiative of the German EU Presidency, replaces years of an uncoordinated approach by the European Union to the five Central Asian countries, which were once part of the Soviet Union. Human Rights Watch urges the EU to incorporate benchmarks for progress in priority human rights areas into the strategy.