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19 September 2019 / Uzbekistan

Malokhat Eshankulova again restricted to travel abroad and in criminal proceedings

Malokhat Eshankulova, an independent journalist from Uzbekistan, was unable to fly to Warsaw, where the OSCE Human Rights Conference began today.

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Turkmen activist Gaspar Matalaev released
7 September 2019 / Turkmenistan

Turkmen activist Gaspar Matalaev released

Turkmen labor rights activist Gaspar Matalaev walked free from prison on September 6, having served a spurious three-year sentence in full. He is now back home with his family.

Turkmen Teachers Sent Early to Pick Cotton
7 September 2019 / Turkmenistan

Turkmen Teachers Sent Early to Pick Cotton

On Sunday September 1 schoolteachers from Turkmenabat in northeast Turkmenistan were sent to pick cotton. They assembled outside their schools at 6.30 in the morning, having received the instructions from the deputy principals on Friday evening (turkmen.news has screenshots of the messages).

Cotton Campaign Roadmap of Reforms for Uzbekistan: END SYSTEMIC FORCED LABOR, ENACT STRUCTURAL REFORMS, AND EMPOWER CIVIL SOCIETY
2 September 2019 / Uzbekistan

Cotton Campaign Roadmap of Reforms for Uzbekistan: END SYSTEMIC FORCED LABOR, ENACT STRUCTURAL REFORMS, AND EMPOWER CIVIL SOCIETY

This Roadmap sets forth a comprehensive vision to end forced labor in the cotton industry and ensure that reforms are fundamental and sustainable. Its purpose is to support the historic process of reform that is underway but incomplete to eliminate and prevent forced labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton sector.

A hermit nation ruled by an egomaniac: Is Turkmenistan on the brink of collapse?
14 August 2019 / Turkmenistan

A hermit nation ruled by an egomaniac: Is Turkmenistan on the brink of collapse?

Men in white fur caps proudly ride horses across the steppe, rows of modern machinery glisten, Barbie-pink flamingos strut before clear blue skies and a white yacht cuts through the turquoise waters of the Caspian Sea. These are idyllic scenes from a one-minute video promoting the inaugural Caspian Economic Forum, which between August 11 and 12 will see heads of state from Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan descend on Awaza, a new resort town that has been touted by Turkmenistan's Foreign Ministry as the country's Las Vegas

Kazakh trade union leader freed after global union effort
11 August 2019 / Kazakhstan

Kazakh trade union leader freed after global union effort

The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kassym Tokayev issued a decree on the evening of August 9th pardoning trade union leader Erlan Baltabay, leader of the Fuel and Energy Workers' Union and vice-president of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Kazakhstan (KNPRK), from custody. Baltabay was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment on July 17, 2019, on embezzlement charges that the international labor movement condemned as being politically motivated. His sentence also included a prohibition on trade union activities for an additional seven years after his jail term

Turkmen Get By on Piecemeal Sales and Cash Withdrawals in Uzbekistan
1 August 2019 / Turkmenistan

Turkmen Get By on Piecemeal Sales and Cash Withdrawals in Uzbekistan

The economic crisis in Turkmenistan, caused by the fall in hard currency revenue from gas sales, is forcing residents of the “Motherland of Prosperity” — this is the country’s slogan for 2019 — to keep finding new ways to earn money. Turkmen.news has already written about Turkmen citizens travelling abroad as shuttle traders. Our fellow countrymen have taken crockery and household items to Zhanaozen (Kazakhstan), domestic appliances to Urgench (Uzbekistan), and foodstuffs to Istanbul, while huge bags of Turkmen textiles caused a malfunction in the baggage system at Almaty airport.