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Kyrgyzstan: Why Should the High 9% Threshold for Parties Be Lowered?

«Lowering the high electoral threshold can significantly reduce the number of votes that can get “lost” if the elected party did not reach the high threshold. When the electoral threshold is below four percent, the proportional system elections facilitates the election of parties for which these votes were cast», – notes a human rights activist Dinara Oshurakhunova in her article for CABAR.asia. (more…)

Who Are Agnostics and How They Live in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan?

According to experts, agnosticism does not mean the denial of God or gods, but means that it’s impossible to know it. Agnostics say they are often confused with atheists.

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Uzbekistan Returns 65 Children from Iraq

The state thus demonstrates that citizens who return voluntarily can count at least on fair justice, according to experts.

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“Parents Wanted a Son.” Why Kyrgyz Women Have Superstitious Names?

Bermet Ulanova 11.10.19

Kyrgyzstan gradually gets rid of the tradition to give superstitious names to girls in order to have a son. However, it does not mean that girls become as wanted children as boys, according to some psychologists.

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Does the Construction of a Nuclear Power Plant in Uzbekistan Meet the Country’s Interests?

The article criticizes the decision of the Government of Uzbekistan on the construction of a nuclear power plant (NPP) in the Jizzakh region and the conclusion of an agreement with “Rosatom”. The author gives arguments of the economic plan and expresses concern about the security risks for both the plant itself and the whole country. In economic terms, alternative energy sources and especially renewable ones, will give Uzbekistan a much greater and faster economic effect than a nuclear power plant. From a security point of view, a revision of the construction decision is necessary in the light of the new realities associated with the recent drone attack on oil production complexes in Saudi Arabia.

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IWPR Trained GBAO Religious Leaders on Media Literacy

cabar.asia 10.10.19

More than 80 religious leaders completed trainings conducted by IWPR in partnership with the Committee of Religion, Regulation of National Traditions, Celebrations and Ceremonies under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, in three districts of the GBAO: Darvoz, Vanj Districts and in the city of Khorog, from the 1st to 5th of October.
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IWPR Tajikistan: Dialogue Meetings with Activists of the Vanj District of GBAO

IWPR Tajikistan together with representatives of the Committee on Women and Family Affairs under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan met with activists of the Vanj district of GBAO.
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Drones in Central Asia: Permit or Forbid?

Anuar Temirov 09.10.19

Central Asian states have laws and regulations that govern drone flights. However, each state has its own approach: from liberal to tougher regulation. (more…)

Interfaith marriages in Tajikistan: all is possible if you are in love

cabar.asia 08.10.19

Different religions should not become the obstacles to marriage, as religious scholars and representatives of clergy say. The main thing that matters is mutual respect and following the traditions of both sides.
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Social Services Portal for PWDs in Kazakhstan: Decisions Made without Recipient’s Involvement

The portal has been operating in the pilot mode in Aktobe region of Kazakhstan for three months. However, final recipients say the website is not functioning, while the new system is full of defects.

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