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.
Kazakhstan sees annual increase in the number of those opposing children’s vaccination. In 2010 health workers registered as little as 300 cases of refusals, in 2018 this number increased almost up to 15 thousand. The majority of refusals have been registered in the city of Almaty, Aktobe, Karaganda and West Kazakhstan oblasts.
The expiring year was filled with pivotal events for Central Asia: currency rate fluctuations and new vectors of diplomatic relations, conflicts on religious ground and violations of children’s right for education, destruction of historical objects and complexity of the pension system.
Raids on Baptists, refusal to register religious organisations, persecutions and surveillance over representatives of certain faiths – all these facts have been reported in Uzbekistan by human rights activists despite the reforms declared by the authorities. There’s an opinion that persecutions of Protestants become more intensive under the pretext of countering missionary activities.
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.
The trans-Caspian transport route is an opportunity for Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan to reduce the oil dependence of their economies using freight transportation from China to Europe. These countries feel optimistic about it, however, there’s an opinion that this route cannot compete with other routes, even longer ones.
In some districts of Tajikistan, the old traditions of early engagements are still alive. 12-13 years old girls are betrothed and, most often, they do not even know the groom. Nevertheless, he decides whether a girl can receive further education or even finish the school.
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.
As monitored by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), almost all citizens of Uzbekistan involved in cotton-picking this year have worked on the fields as volunteers, while the country has made titanic efforts to eradicate forced labour. However, the findings of independent human rights activists contravene the official data.
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.