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African Governments Should Ensure Right to Education

  (Nairobi) - Tens of thousands of pregnant girls and adolescent mothers are banned or discouraged from attending school across Africa, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today, ahead of the Day of the African Child…
Students enrolled in the final year of lower secondary school in the classroom in a village in Kolda region, southern Senegal. Adolescent mothers and married girls study in this school.
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End Torture; Respect Basic Freedoms

(Berlin) – Central Asia's political leaders should focus on urgently needed improvements to basic human rights protections for their populations, as they deal with leadership succession and internal politics, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its…
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Activists, Groups Targeted, Persecuted by Authorities

(Berlin) – Central Asian governments ramped up pressure on nongovernmental groups and activists in 2015, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016. The governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan arrested…
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Investigation, Trial Provided No Justice

Update - July 22, 2016 On July 22, 2016, the Chui Regional Court in Bishkek upheld the acquittal verdict of four police officers charged in connection with the death in August 2011 of Usmanjon Kholmirzaev. To date, no one has been held…
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Abe Should Make Human Rights a Core Part of His Trip

(Tokyo, October 22, 2015) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Central Asia trip is a key opportunity to raise concerns about the alarming state of human rights throughout the region and underscore the importance of reforms, Human Rights Watch said…
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Grant Agencies Access to Register Asylum Claim

(Bishkek) – An appeals court in Bishkek should stop the extradition of a former Imam to Uzbekistan, where he would be at serious risk of torture. On February 5, 2013, the court is scheduled to hear an appeal of the prosecutor general’s decision to…
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Impact on Rights Hampered by Lack of Clear Expectations, Policy Consequences

(Brussels) – The European Union’s (EU) effectiveness to promote rights improvements in Central Asia is hampered by its reticence to articulate clear expectations for reform and follow through with policy consequences when those expectations are not met,…
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Extortion Cases Targeting Ethnic Uzbeks

(New York) – An ethnic Uzbek detained and allegedly tortured by police in southern Kyrgyzstan died on August 9, 2011, two days after he was released from police custody, Human Rights Watch said today. The police had threatened to press charges against him…
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Prosecutors Refuse to Investigate Torture Despite Overwhelming Evidence

(New York) - Kyrgyz authorities' refusal to investigate torture allegations in a case to be reviewed by the Supreme Court on March 29, 2011,  constitutes a serious violation of both Kyrgyz and international law, Human Rights Watch said today. Farrukh…
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Supreme Court Can Quash Verdict in Case Marred by Threats, Torture

(New York) - The Kyrgyz Supreme Court can prevent a miscarriage of justice in a murder case connected to the June 2010 ethnic violence that has been marred by torture, violence, and threats, Human Rights Watch said today. The Kyrgyz Supreme Court…
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International Police Force and International Inquiry Urgently Needed

(Osh) - The Kyrgyz authorities should take urgent steps to stop the widespread torture and arbitrary detentions of Uzbeks suspected of participation in the violence that erupted in June in southern Kyrgyzstan, Human Rights Watch said today. These…
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Investigate Whereabouts of Father and Son

Update: Sanjar and Savarbek Khudaiberganov are now back in Kyrgyzstan. When they arrived in Osh on August 6, they immediately reported to UNHCR. Human Rights Watch remains deeply concerned about Sanjar Khudaiberganov's safety in Kyrgyzstan and urges that…
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Supreme Court Hearing Provides Opportunity to Ensure Justice

(New York) - A review hearing related to last year's protests in southern Kyrgyzstan is a crucial opportunity for the Kyrgyz authorities to investigate the defendants' torture allegations and to ensure justice, Human Rights Watch said today. The hearing…