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17 July 2019 / Kazakhstan

International condemnation as repression deepens in Kazakhstan

The ITUC has harshly condemned the sentencing of Kazakhstan trade union leader Erlan Baltabay. Efforts to improve freedom of association for working people are once again jeopardised; but the country’s new leadership could still intervene.

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12th PERC Summer School “Democracy and freedoms in Europe and Central Asia”
13 July 2019 / International

12th PERC Summer School “Democracy and freedoms in Europe and Central Asia”

The 12th PERC Summer School “Democracy and freedoms in Europe and Central Asia” took place in Budapest, Hungary, on 9-11 July. In his opening speech PERC President Irakli Petriashvili spoke about challenges to the freedom of association and democracy in the region, growing inequalities and gender gaps, and called all unions to be vigilant and pro-active to prevent further erosion of democracy and to advance workers’ rights and freedoms.

In Uzbekistan, women’s rights are changing - but not fast enough
6 July 2019 / Uzbekistan

In Uzbekistan, women’s rights are changing - but not fast enough

In Tashkent, women facing violence at home have nowhere to go. No one has heard of shelters, and if a woman has no friends or relatives, the situation becomes impossible: no hotel will take a locally registered single woman, on suspicion of prostitution. It’s pointless contacting the police, even in the most desperate circumstances. In a recent case, police refused to accept a statement by a 14-year old girl that she had been raped, because she was “of the age of consent and had no obvious signs of injury”.

Joint letter to the EU about the situation of detained human rights defender Azimjon Askarov in Kyrgyzstan
5 July 2019 / Kyrgyzstan

Joint letter to the EU about the situation of detained human rights defender Azimjon Askarov in Kyrgyzstan

Dear Madam and Sirs, We, the undersigned international human rights organizations, write to you to express our utmost and urgent concern about the ongoing wrongful imprisonment of Azimjon Askarov and the deterioration of his health, and to urge you to advocate with the Kyrgyz government for his immediate release, and his transfer to a safe third country for medical treatment.

Trade Union Leader Faces Prison Time in Kazakhstan Authorities Should Take Urgent Steps to Address ILO Concerns
26 June 2019 / Kazakhstan

Trade Union Leader Faces Prison Time in Kazakhstan Authorities Should Take Urgent Steps to Address ILO Concerns

As pressure built against Kazakhstan at the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) conference in Geneva this month to address the country’s poor record on trade union rights, authorities back home are seeking to jail an independent trade union leader.

26 June 2019 / Kazakhstan

ITUC letter to President Tokayev re violations of ILO Conv. 87/trial E. Baltabay

Here you can find a letter sent by ITUC to the President of Kazakhstan regarding violations of ILO Convention 87.

22 June 2019 / Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan Remains at Lowest Possible Ranking in US Trafficking in Persons Report

For the fourth year in a row, the Government of Turkmenistan failed to meet the minimum standards to address human trafficking outlined in the 2019 US Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, resulting in a Tier 3 ranking – the lowest possible ranking.