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Azerbaijan vote set to be democracy test
An election campaign marred by several human rights abuses closed yesterday. The international community, especially neighbouring Asian states, is paying close attention: the oil-rich country enjoys an important strategic position from a geopolitical perspective.
Afghanistan on the eve of presidential election, a country eager for life, peace and change
Interview with Giovanni Porta, director of operations of Aïna*, a Kabul-based NGO, about Afghanistan's first presidential elections scheduled for tomorrow.
HRW, Uzbek poet and dissident victim of abuse in prison
Yusuf Jumaev suffered abuse and beatings by prison guards. He is accused of "insult" and "resisting arrest". In reality, the motivations are political: he is a staunch critic of President Karimov and the fight for human rights in the country. In a poem he denounced the massacre in Andijan in 2005.
Government Shuts down Djuma Mosque Now Slated to Be a Carpet Museum
Keep Political-Economic Reforms on the Right Track
Christian and Muslim leaders ask that whoever is elected protect democracy, seek justice, and pursue prosperity.
Police use false evidence to arrest Baptist pastor
The claim is made by Pastor Shabanov's lawyer. There is no evidence in the case, but the pastor is in jail awaiting new investigations. Meanwhile, the local authorities refuse to register the local Baptist group.
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