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The Processes of Politicizing Islam in Kyrgyzstan: Impact on the 2020 Parliamentary Elections

Arsen Usenov 07.08.20

“The sphere of religion, which a priori should be separated from politics, has become a factor determining political processes in the country and is even used as a tool to achieve political goals,” mentioned political scientist Arsen Usenov, in an article written specifically for CABAR.asia.

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Kyrgyzstan: Number of Covid-19 Cases in Issyk Kul Region is Rising

Despite the epidemic, the shores of Issyk Kul are full of visitors. Also, the number of coronavirus cases is rising. (more…)

Online Petitions in Central Asia: How Do They Work?

In 2019 and early 2020, about 90 petitions from Central Asian countries were published on the popular platform Change.org. (more…)

What Prevents the Domestic Violence Criminalization in Kazakhstan and Why Is It Necessary?

Assem Zhapisheva 06.08.20

In 2017, domestic violence was removed from the Criminal Code of Kazakhstan. At the same time, according to the public fund “NeMolchi.kz” (“Do Not Be Silent” – tr.), an average of 120 rapes, 5232 beatings, 72 injuries, 14 murders and 48 suicides of women is registered per month in the country. (more…)

CABAR.asia Online Events Digest_July

CABAR.asia 05.08.20

The IWPR Central Asia team continues to work online with a particular attention on building the capacity of the region’s media community. We believe this is critical to mobilize resources for countering the pandemic. We are pleased to share our work with you, and inspire you to continue your personal development despite challenges.

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IWPR Central Asia and CABAR.asia Held Online Training on Fundamentals of Journalistic Investigation

Journalists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan took part in the four-day training. (more…)

Kyrgyzstan: Business Owners at Issyk Kul Try to Survive by Means of Domestic Tourists

Due to coronavirus pandemic, businesses cannot rely on foreign visitors this year. And the flow of domestic tourists is rather small. 

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5-Stan Podcast: Myths and Realities of Regional Cooperation in Central Asia During a Pandemic

CABAR.asia 03.08.20

What has the coronavirus pandemic revealed about regional cooperation in Central Asia? Will the format of the consultative meetings continue? Will there be regional responses to the pandemic and economic crisis?

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Pandemic and Human Rights: Only Repressive System is Functioning in Kazakhstan

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, civil activists are being detained in Kazakhstan for peaceful actions and posts on Facebook, and doctors who tell about the problems with supplies in hospitals are intimidated and fired from job. (more…)