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Kyrgyzstan: Election Campaigning Co-opts Islam

Will politicians use religious discourse to appeal to the electorate? Political scientists are predicting that candidates in Kyrgyzstan's upcoming presidential elections will try to court growing religious feeling in the country to win over voters. Although it remains a secular state in which all ...

Cuban Migrants Live in Limbo

Hundreds living in Trinidad and Tobago face an uncertain future. It's hard to hear Baldomero Castro Despayne's voice from behind the thick glass covered by metallic mesh in the Aripo detention centre.  The Cuban citizen has been held in legal limbo behind its thick cement walls and barbed wire for ...

Afghan Women Complain Over "Symbolic" Roles

Statistics showing rising numbers of female officials do not tell the whole story. Maliha works in the press office of an Afghan government ministry. She told IWPR that although one of her responsibilities was to issue invitations to press conferences and briefings, her boss simply did not allow her ...

Azerbaijan: IWPR Journalist "Abducted"

Investigative reporter forcibly returned to unknown fate at hands of security services. Concerns are mounting over the fate of IWPR contributor Afgan Mukhtarli after the dissident Azeri journalist was seized in Georgia and taken across the border to custody in Baku. He now faces charges there of ...

IWPR Hosts Syrian Women for Netherlands Tour

A rare opportunity to hear first-hand stories of life inside the conflict. IWPR is to bring female Syrian journalists and activists to the Netherlands to share their experiences of war with a wider audience. The tour, made possible with funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will also ...

Philippines: Martial Law Imposed As Troops Battle Islamists

Residents of area overrun by militants say that harsh response risks further human rights abuses. Residents of the Philippine city of Marawi have told IWPR how they were forced to flee their homes amid ongoing battles between state forces and armed extremists linked to Islamic State . But they also ...

Cuba's New Generation of Independent Women Journalists

Writers are making the most of online opportunities. A new generation of independent female journalists is emerging in Cuba, despite ongoing censorship and repression. Cuba ranked 173rd out of 180 countries in the latest Freedom of the Press Index from Reporters Without Borders. Although internet ...

Turkmenistan's Growing Economic Crisis

Central Asia's most isolated state remains set against reforms. Amid an ongoing economic crisis, Turkmenistan's government is currently struggling to finish a series of lavish building projects ahead of hosting the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this September. The event will see more than ...

Traumatic Night Raids Haunt Afghan Women

Counter-terror tactic seen as an unacceptable violation of privacy with long-term consequences. At 11pm on the night of April 3, 2016, Bibi Sahra was woken by a group of armed soldiers storming into her family home. The 37-year-old, from the village of Qala Taqai in Baraki Barak district, recounted ...

Afghanistan: IWPR Trainee Hailed for Groundbreaking Investigation

Story on the taboo of sexual rejection amongst Afghan women wins numerous accolades. An IWPR reporter has received widespread acclaim for her investigative report on the sexual frustration of women whose husbands take more wives. Naqiba Barakzai spent more than ten months working on the ...