Central Asia

Protests rock Kazakhstan over land-grabbing

Hundreds have been detained in protests across Kazakhstan over a new government policy to privatize farmlands and open the agricultural sector to foreign capital.

Central Asia

Tajikistan gets president-for-life

Voters in Tajikistan approved changes to the constitution allowing President Emomali Rahmon—in office since 1992—to rule indefinitely, as well as expanding his powers.

Central Asia

Tibetan language campaigner disappears

The family of Tashi Wangchuk, an advocate for Tibetan language rights in Qinghai province, reports that the has "disappeared" since a New York Times story on his efforts.

Central Asia

Two Tibetans self-immolate in one day

The year's first self-immolation in the Tibetan region was reported as a monk burned to death in Kardze prefecture. An exile-born Tibetan youth survived his self-immolation in India.

Central Asia

China releases imprisoned Tibetan nomad

A Tibetan nomad imprisoned eight years for calling for the return of the Dalai Lama was released, but his home county is tense over the death in custody of an activist monk.

Central Asia

Thailand deports over 100 Uighurs to China

Protesters attacked the Thai consulate in Istanbul as Bangkok deported 109 Uighurs back to China despite international warnings that they could face persecution and torture.

Central Asia

Xinjiang: Ramadan terror and repression

Up to 28 were killed in an attack on a police checkpoint in Xinjiang, as Chinese authorities take measures to discourage observance of Ramadan in the mostly Muslim region.

Central Asia

Human rights lawyer imprisoned in Tajikistan

A court in Tajikistan sentenced human rights lawyer Sukhrat Kudratov to nine years in prison, in what Amnesty International called "a serious setback for the freedom of expression."