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Overview of key human rights concerns in Central Asia
 
 October 2015
 
 Kazakhstan
 
 Kazakhstan’s human rights record has seen an unequivocal and marked deterioration in the last five years, with the authorities launching an…
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Updated in December 2014

(Updates highlighted in bold) Summary In June 2010, only a month after Kyrgyzstan’s last Universal Periodic Review, violent inter-ethnic clashes between the Uzbek minority and Kyrgyz majority communities broke out in southern Kyrgyzstan, resulting in more…
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In Advance of its Pre-Sessional Review on Kyrgyzstan

We write in advance of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (“the Committee”) pre-sessional review of Kyrgyzstan to highlight expropriation of property in the southern city of Osh as a particular area of concern we hope to…
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Submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Advance of its Review of Kyrgyzstan

This document provides an updated overview of Human Rights Watch’s concerns and recommendations on Kyrgyzstan, submitted to the Human Rights Committee (“the Committee”) in advance of its upcoming review of Kyrgyzstan. It complements our April 2103…
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 Human Rights Watch Submission to the United Nations Committee Against Torture on Kyrgyzstan
 
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 This memorandum, submitted to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (“the Committee”) ahead of its upcoming…
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Kazakhstan
 
 In the first two years following the introduction of the EU’s Central Asia strategy in 2007 there were a few halting improvements in Kazakhstan’s human rights record, most evidently in the lead up to Kazakhstan’s chairmanship of the…
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One year ago Burma conducted tightly controlled elections that transferred power from a ruling military council to a nominally civilian government in which the president and senior government officials are all former generals. In 2011 the new government…
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Strengthening the Security Council’s Response to Sexual Violence and Attacks on Education in Armed Conflict

For a full decade, the UN Security Council has addressed the severe abuses that children experience in armed conflict. Its response has included a series of six resolutions (1261, 1314, 1379, 1460, 1539, and 1612), the creation of a specialized working…
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Updated July 2008

Burma produces a variety of gems but is most famous for its rubies and jade. The vast majority of high-quality rubies on the world market originate from Burma. Burmese rubies are renowned for their dark "pigeon's blood" color, which makes them more…
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Business-Related Recommendations on Burma

Human Rights Watch issued a new report in December 2007 documenting the crackdown on popular protests in Burma that began in August. Hundreds of people remain arbitrarily detained. We recommend targeted financial, trade, and investment sanctions, and…