Germany Should Keep Focus on Rights in Central Asia Talks
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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) welcomes Shavkat Mirsiyoyev, President of Uzbekistan, in front of the Chancellor’s Office in Berlin, Germany, May 2, 2023.
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On September 29, German chancellor Olaf Scholz will meet with the presidents of the five countries in Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Regional tensions, especially since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, are likely to dominate the agenda. But Germany should not pass up the opportunity to press the Central Asia leaders on the very poor human rights records in their countries.
The Ukraine war has sparked a new focus on this strategically important, resource rich region. At …read more
Source:: Human Rights Watch