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IWPR holds regular trainings for students and journalists from across Central Asia, with their materials published in Russian and national languages on the analytical platform CABAR.asia and in English for international readers on iwpr.net . Articles by IWPR reporters cover current events andsignificant trends that affect the lives of people in the whole Central Asian region.

“Let’s Be People.” Cemetery Vandalism in Kyrgyzstan

According to experts, currently Kyrgyzstan pays much attention to the extremism and terrorism issues, while the religious intolerance, interreligious dialogue, non-discrimination have become secondary issues.

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Life of the Only Buddhist Community of Kyrgyzstan

3,257 religious organisations are registered in Kyrgyzstan, including only one Buddhist. It was hard to find it since Kyrgyzstan has no pagodas. However, there’s an unusual summer house in Gornaya Mayevka near Bishkek, which is called by Buddhists “The place of path”, run by a Buddhist monk.

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Disciplinary Committee of the Judicial Council of Kyrgyzstan: Tricks, Formal Replies and Political Put-Up Job

The disciplinary committee of the judicial council has been operating in Kyrgyzstan for slightly more than one year. According to the law, it reviews cases against judges who have violated the law. However, according to lawyers and human rights defenders, the agency that should make impartial judgements has turned to be prejudiced and politically charged.
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Kyrgyzstan: Who Can Retire Early?

Retirement in Kyrgyzstan is available upon reaching the generally established age, but the law “On state pension social insurance” provides for preferential terms of retirement for some categories of citizens.

Let’s see who in Kyrgyzstan can retire early with expert on pension system Jamilya Toguzbaeva.

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Interreligious Dialogue in Kyrgyzstan: Results and Key to the Future

Lack of knowledge and information gap are the main causes of religious conflicts, leaders of various organisations said. They tell about difficulties and build up dialogue with each other within the framework of the interreligious council.

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06.12.18
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Central Asian Hydropower System: Doomed to Joint Development

The potential of Central Asian states to provide electricity grows each year, but hydropower issues have to be solved together, taking into account the interests of all Central Asian countries, experts say.
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“We’ll Penalise GKNB Officers and the Judge.” Human Rights Activists Seek Removal of their Reports from a List of Extremist Materials

Reviewing the list of extremist materials in Kyrgyzstan, human rights activists have come to find their reports on the list. Now they are in litigation with the general prosecutor office seeking the reversal of the judgment.
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16.11.18
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Tengrism: Religion or Mind-set?

Disputes about whether Tengrism is a religion, cult, ancient belief, shamanism or just a philosophy and mind-set have been on-going for 6 years.  Its active followers believe this is a religion, whose holy book is the Manas epic. Others think it is a philosophy. According to experts, this is both a cult and an ancient belief. However, no organisation of Tengrists has been registered as a religious one so far.
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13.11.18
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Commodity Turnover at Dostuk Checkpoint: Silence, Boom, Decline

More than a year has passed after the loosening of control at the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border. During this period, over two million people have crossed Dostuk checkpoint, which is seven times more compared to the similar period before the thaw in relations between the states. This has also affected the strengthening of kinship relationships, queues at the border and the growth of commodity turnover.
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Prison Term for Likes, Shares. How Central Asia Counters Extremism in Social Media

According to experts, the authorities in the region should revise the rigid policy of imprisonment for unintentional actions in social media.
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30.10.18
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