Russia: ASI organising internships for regional CSOs

The Agency for Social Information is inviting regional CSOs to take part in internships   21.02.2024   CSO employees responsible for external communications are being invited to take part in internships.   Internships at the Agency for Social Information (ASI) will be organised in two stages, with the first, an online marathon, taking place from …

New card for social security payments in Uzbekistan

Introduction of a special card for social security payments in Uzbekistan   Tashkent   20.02.2024   From 1 October this year, all social security payments for the Uzbek population will be funded through a “social card”.   This was announced during a video conference chaired by Uzbekistan’s President, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, that discussed the main tasks …

Improved medical facilities in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan has achieved great success in the healthcare sector   The republic has expanded its network of modern facilities for the delivery of medical services.   20.02.24   The development of Turkmenistan’s national healthcare system and protecting the health of its citizens are the fundamental principles of the Republic’s domestic policy. This reflects the core …

Russia: Survey of attitudes to medical CSOs

Almost half of Russians expect medical CSOs to monitor institutions and protect their rights – according to a HSE survey But only 16% of respondents recognised the work carried out by CSOs in the healthcare sector as relevant. 14.02.2024 The Centre for Studies of Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector at the National Research University …

Proposals to improve the social security system in Uzbekistan

Proposals to improve the social security system in Uzbekistan   14.02.2024   Tashkent, Uzbekistan    Recommendations for improving the social security system in Uzbekistan were presented to the country’s President, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, on 14 February. Under the proposals, priority will be given to enhancing the Republic’s social protection involving an expansion of the list and …

Russia: CSOs to be checked for ties to ‘undesirable’ foreign organisations

Checks to be made on CSOs for any involvement in the activities of foreign “undesirable” organisations   13.02.2024   On 12 February, a Bill was submitted to the Russian State Duma that could impose “undesirable” status on organisations in the Russian Federation that have been founded by foreign State bodies. At present, only foreign CSOs …

Ombudsman and Prison Service to cooperate to uphold prisoners’ rights in Kyrgyzstan

The Kyrgyzstan Human Rights Ombudsman and the Republic’s Prison Service to strengthen cooperation in the protection of human rights and freedoms   09.02.2024   Kyrgyzstan’s Human Rights Ombudsman, Dzhamilya Dzhamanbaeva, has visited the main office of the Ministry of Justice’s Prison Service, reports the Ombudsman’s press office.   The Ombudsman met the Head of the …

Tajikistan: Social norms complicate battle against domestic violence

Tajikistan: Social norms complicate battle against domestic violence One in two Tajik women are believed to have been victims to domestic violence. 5 February, 2024 Rukia, a mother of three, was between life and death when she was dropped off at the home of her parents. Yet again, her husband had vented his rage. There …

US GlobalGiving charity designated undesirable in Russia

The GlobalGiving charitable project recognised as having undesirable status in the Russian Federation   26.01.2024   The US GlobalGiving charity has been added to the list of undesirable organisations.   On 26 January, the Russian Ministry of Justice added the American GlobalGiving Foundation to the register of foreign and international CSOs whose activities are prohibited …

Underage marriages in Tajikistan

Underage Marriages Rampant In Tajikistan Despite Increased Legal Age To Wed January 23, 2024  By RFE/RL’s Tajik Service Women’s rights activists claim that some Tajik parents take advantage of a loophole in the law to push their daughters into marriage. Dilrabo says she agreed to get married at the age of 16 to escape the …