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Mar 15, 2011

Rights body closes Uzbek office after government pressure

ALMATY (Reuters) – Uzbekistan has forced Human Rights Watch to shut down its local office, the group said on Tuesday, calling for tougher U.S. and European Union policies towards the authoritarian Central Asian state.

“Human Rights Watch’s expulsion comes during a deepening human rights crisis in Uzbekistan,” New York-based HRW said.

Mar 1, 2011

Kazakhstan to offer KMG EP stake in “people’s IPO”

ALMATY (Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s citizens will be offered the chance to own a 5 percent stake in the listed arm of KazMunaiGas when the state kicks off a “people’s IPO” to boost exposure to the stock market, the country’s president said.

Nursultan Nazarbayev, who is expected to win an election on April 3 and extend his presidency into a third decade, said KazMunaiGas Exploration and Production (KMGq.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) RDGZ.KZ would sell shares worth a cumulative $500 million this year.

Jan 4, 2011

Factbox: Key political risks to watch in Kyrgyzstan

ALMATY (Reuters) – Kyrgyzstan, rocked by political violence and upheaval last year, has laid the foundation for Central Asia’s first parliamentary democracy, but it is unclear whether the new model will consolidate a country split by regional and ethnic clans.

The impoverished former Soviet republic, which hosts both Russian and U.S. military air bases, held elections on October 10 that resulted in five parties winning seats in a new parliament.

Jan 4, 2011

Key political risks to watch in Kyrgyzstan

ALMATY, Jan 4 (Reuters) – Kyrgyzstan, rocked by political
violence and upheaval last year, has laid the foundation for
Central Asia’s first parliamentary democracy, but it is unclear
whether the new model will consolidate a country split by
regional and ethnic clans.

The impoverished former Soviet republic, which hosts both
Russian and U.S. military air bases, held elections on Oct. 10
that resulted in five parties winning seats in a new parliament.

Dec 29, 2010

Kazakh lawmakers seek vote to extend leader’s rule

ALMATY, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s parliament called on
Wednesday for a referendum that would extend President Nursultan
Nazarbayev’s 20-year rule for a third decade to 2020.

The 70-year-old leader must approve the call to hold the
referendum, which would allow him to avoid an election that
would have been due in 2012.

Dec 2, 2010

OSCE fails to gain powers as old conflicts smolder

ASTANA (Reuters) – Unresolved conflicts across the former Soviet Union thwarted attempts by Europe’s main security watchdog to adopt new powers on Friday, sending world leaders home empty-handed from the first OSCE summit in over a decade.

The 56-member state Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) could not agree a new “action plan” to tackle conflicts after two days of talks that dragged into the early hours of Friday in Kazakhstan’s windswept capital.

Dec 1, 2010

Kazakh leader eyes bigger role for OSCE

ASTANA, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Kazakh President Nursultan
Nazarbayev urged world leaders on Wednesday to revive the role
of Europe’s main security watchdog in tackling the growing
problems of terrorism, drug trafficking and economic crises.

Kazakhstan is hosting the Organisation for Security and
Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) first summit in 11 years amid
tight security in its showpiece capital. Talks are expected to
focus on Afghanistan and other long-running conflicts.

Dec 1, 2010

Kazakhstan’s OSCE summit opens to discuss security

ASTANA, Dec 1 (Reuters) – The Organisation for Security and
Cooperation in Europe opened its summit in Kazakhstan’s capital
amid tight security on Wednesday to discuss issues ranging from
Afghanistan to terrorism and drug trade.

The top-level meeting of Europe’s 56-member democracy and
rights body is a matter of immense personal pride for Kazakh
President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who is keen to position himself
as a major figure on the world stage.

Nov 30, 2010

Rights group raps Kazakh record before OSCE summit

ASTANA, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s poor human rights
record only worsened during the year of its chairmanship of the
OSCE, a rights group said on Tuesday, a day before the Central
Asian nation hosts a summit of Europe’s main democracy body.

Kazakhstan became the first post-Soviet nation this year to
assume the rotating chair of the 56-member Organisation for
Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Oct 28, 2010

Kazakh 2010 GDP growth to accelerate to 5.4 pct -IMF

ALMATY, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Oil-rich Kazakhstan’s gross
domestic product (GDP) is expected to expand by 5.4 percent
this year, faster than the previously forecast 4 percent, the
International Monetary Fund said on Thursday.

Azerbaijan, another major energy exporter in the Caucasus
and Central Asia region, is expected to grow by 4.3 percent in
2010, faster than the Fund’s earlier projection of 2.7 percent.