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Public Policy & Politics

16.03.2010

Kyrgyz human rights defender Nematillo Botakozuev, who disappeared in the capital of Tajikistan at the end of February, is placed to "special reception center, located at 39 Molodaya Gvardiya street, Dushanbe and subjected to torture", says Mukhammadsolikh Mukhammadtokhir, Nematillo’s brother. Mukhammadtokhir’s statement is confirmed by Paris-based Human Rights in Central Asia association.

10.03.2010

Turkey watchers in Washington must have been feeling a sense of déjà vu after the March 4 passage by a congressional committee of a resolution recognizing the mass killing of Armenians during World War I as genocide.

10.03.2010

Palwasha Hassan had no idea that her impressive resume would be her undoing when her nomination to become Afghanistan’s minister of women’s affairs came up for confirmation in parliament in January.

10.03.2010

There is considerable progress in the prevention and combating torture in Kazakhstan, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak said, the press service of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry reported.

"An interactive dialogue and discussion of the annual report by Manfred Nowak - the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment was held in Geneva, as part of the thirteenth session of the Human Rights of the United Nations", the press-service of the Foreign Ministry said.

10.03.2010

In the morning of March 10 the opposition forces in Kyrgyzstan launched the mass meeting against raising the electricity and heating tariffs in Naryn City stadium.

Ferghana.Ru learned from Jumabek Osmonaliev, the coordinator of Social-Democratic party (SDPK) Naryn city branch, that the meeting gathered about 4000 people.

04.03.2010

Israel is carefully watching a crackdown by the Turkish government on the country’s staunchly secular armed forces, with observers warning that Turkey no longer regards Iran as an enemy, and one newspaper suggesting a coup might be the way out of the crisis.

Turkish General Saldiray Berk, commander of the 3rd Army, on Tuesday became the first serving general to be arrested in connection with an alleged plot to destabilise the Islamist-leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP) government.

04.03.2010

Turkey thanked Belgium on Thursday for raids on locations housing alleged terrorists, including a Roj TV studio, and for cooperating in the fight against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

“We appreciate the Belgian authorities’ determined and responsible attitude,” Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told a joint press conference with his New Zealand counterpart, Murray McCully, in Ankara.

04.03.2010

DAMASCUS - A strange type of election fever is grabbing Damascus this week with some of Iraq's top political figures making the journey west to canvas the some one million Iraqi refugees in Syria.

Iraqis go to the polls on Sunday to vote in a new parliament and across the city, particularly in neighborhoods such as Saida Zeinab and Jaramanah with high Iraqi populations, posters of electoral candidates dot street sides and add to a carnival atmosphere of a kind rarely seen in Syria.

04.03.2010

A flurry of recent diplomacy has centered on the United States' drive to have a further round of United Nations sanctions slapped on Iran over its nuclear program on concern that it might not be solely for peaceful purposes; something Tehran consistently denies.

The most magnificent gesture, according to a report in the UK's Telegraph newspaper on February 28 [1], was made by Tehran:

Seeking to undermine [sanctions] efforts, Iran on Sunday presented Russia with two rare Persian leopards - a gift personally solicited by Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister.

04.03.2010

USA and Kyrgyzstan agreed to extend the term of using the Manas airbase by American military. Kommersant says that after the completion of his visit to all Central Asian republics Richard Holbrooke, US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, noted that Washington and Bishkek were close to prolong the agreement on American military presence in the Manas airport. Holbrooke said that the Manas transit center was very important to USA. Every month nearly 35 thousand US soldiers, flying to and back from Afghanistan, stop over the base.