Analytical materials

“Saudi and pro-Salafi lobby are already active in most countries of the region; according to critics, some government decrees and decisions adopted in recent years in the religious sphere look as if they were written at the suggestion of the Salafis, or in close consultation with them”, – an expert from Tajikistan, Parviz Mullojanov, on the geopolitical aspects of Salafization in Central Asia, specially for CABAR.asia.

“Since 2010 when KG began it’s experiment with parliamentary democracy, which basically codified and legitimized the preexisting patronal politics and structures, KZ has been on edge and is keenly aware of the risk that a successful multi-party state could pose to its one-man rule”, – expert in Central Asian affairs from Prague, Chris Weed, reveals the underwater stones of the relationship between the Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

Investigative reporting

The wholesale meat trade on the Osh Bazaar does not meet hygienic standards and this is even admitted by specialists and workers on the market. Average buyers do not have the opportunity to see with their own eyes the conditions under which the delivery, processing and distribution is done because the wholesale market starts work from 3:00 am.  The retail trade wherein most customers buy their products differs significantly from the wholesale trade.

Another building in the southern capital built by the state directorate for the reconstruction of Osh and Jalal-Abad begins to dilapidate. Inhabitants of the multi apartment house which was constructed for blind and deaf people and was only recently given up for rent have complained about the destruction of walls and the poor work done on the sewerage.

The women, who have left country on earnings, become vulnerable doubly. In the report, “The women and children from Kyrgyzstan are involved in migration” noted that in increasing frequency the Kyrgyz women, which are going abroad, get to sexual slavery.

 Tajikistan intends to liquidate in the country extreme poverty until 2030 and to double the share of middle class. Nevertheless, many analysts call such forecast scenario, rather desirable, than realistic. More details in the material IWPR.

The followers of the banned Salafi movement in the country – a fundamentalist trend of Islam in favor of a return to first principles and teachings of Islam and reject the introduction to Islam elements of other religions and philosophies.

Until today, the Internet is the most important instrument of socialization. Children, have forced out from their life forms of social and physical activity such as reading books, walking in the fresh air, games at the playground. 

IWPR Reporting Central Asia

Experts say that jailing women has far-reaching societal repercussions.  The day starts early at Kyrgyzstan’s only women’s prison.  Around 300 inmates are woken at 6.30am at the facility in Stepnoe, a village close to Bishkek.

Events of bureau

IWPR has awarded the inaugural prizes in a new competition that aims to promote the culture of investigative reporting across Kyrgyz and Tajik local media. Award-winners have published a range of groundbreaking stories. 

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