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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.

Kyrgyzstan: Hijab Not an Obstacle to Success

The young people of Kyrgyzstan think the situation of religious freedom and conditions for the Muslim population in the country are better than in neighbouring states of Central Asia.
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History of Vaccines: From Shamans To Halal Vaccines

An avalanche of vaccine refusals, and consequently the measles outbreak in Central Asia is only a part of a global trend observed by doctors and researchers across the globe. According to the estimates of WHO experts, in 2018 the number of diseases caused by vaccine refusals increased by 30 per cent. This led to the death of over 100 thousand people, the majority of which were unvaccinated children.
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“I’ve been kicked out”. How Uzbekistan Protects Women’s Rights

Since last year, the authorities of Uzbekistan have been actively dealing with the problems of women who are the victims of violence and being in difficult situations. The once-concealed topic is now on agenda. More rehabilitation centres have opened across the country, assistance and employment programmes have been created.

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Tajikistan: Between Hijab and Secularism

A bill banning hijabs wearing in public and private institutions is being developed in Tajikistan. Experts say this initiative interferes with people’s rights and freedoms and that “secularism” is not so much about the external form, as about content.
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05.02.19
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Christian Minorities in Kazakhstan: As Quiet As the Grave

According to the Open Doors international organisation, which serves persecuted Christians worldwide, Kazakstan, along with three other Central Asian states, has been listed as a country where it’s “most dangerous to follow Jesus”. Meanwhile, Astana positions the country as a “model of religious freedom and tolerance”.
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Chinese Companies in Khatlon: Investment or Expansion?

The contribution of Chinese companies to the agricultural development in the south of Tajikistan becomes increasingly notable in recent years. Farmers are satisfied with steady pay and timely payments, whereas experts say local residents could earn on these lands.
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01.02.19
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Uzbekistan: Unavailable Gas

In 2018, the total natural gas production in Uzbekistan is expected to be about 61 billion cubic metres, which is 5.2 billion cubic metres more than in 2017. However, almost one third of the population in the republic have to warm up their houses with coal and firewood.
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31.01.19
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A Bit of Zen in Tashkent: The Structure of the Only Functioning Buddhist Temple in Central Asia

Buddhism in Uzbekistan is the fourth largest religious group by the number of followers in the country after Islam, Christianity and Judaism. It is practised by 0.2 per cent of the population. This is the only place in Central Asia with the functioning Buddhist temple.
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Latin Alphabet for Kazakhstan: Turkification, Westernisation or Useless Initiative?

By 2025, five out of six Turkic-speaking countries will be using Latin alphabet. It’s the year when Kazakhstan will switch from Cyrillic to Latin alphabet.
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Not Cheap and Impractical. Vague Future of Electric Cars in Kyrgyzstan

The government of Kyrgyzstan starts encouraging the use of electric cars. Preferences are expected to increase the number of this type of transportation. Since 2019, the country applies zero rate to the import of cars with electric motors. All you need to do if you want to drive such cars is purchase them and pay for their delivery.

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