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Going to Central Asia? Make the Trip Count

A Eurasianet partner post from Human Rights Watch

Germany’s foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, is visiting Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan this week – three countries plagued by serious human rights abuses. Uzbekistan has one of the world’s worst human rights records; Tajikistan is in the midst of its most severe crackdown on the political opposition since the end of the country’s bloody civil war in 1997; and abuses persist in Kyrgyzstan, the region’s only parliamentary democracy.
 
Steinmeier is traveling as chairperson of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), founded on the principle of maintaining regional security by protecting human rights and the rule of law. Germany has emphasized this principle during its chairmanship, and his trip offers an opportunity to put it into practice.
 

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Hugh Williamson is the Director of the Europe and Central Asia Division at Human Rights Watch.

A Eurasianet partner post from Human Rights Watch

Going to Central Asia? Make the Trip Count

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