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14 September 2021 / International

ITUC/ETUC letter to Ukrainian authorities over the ongoing regressive labour legislation reform

Here you can find a letter on behalf of the ITUC General Secretary, Ms. Sharan Burrow, and ETUC and PERC General Secretary, Mr Luca Visentini to Ukrainian authorities re draft labour laws.

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Kyrgyzstan: ITUC welcomes veto of anti-worker bill
31 August 2021 / kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan: ITUC welcomes veto of anti-worker bill

The lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan must use the expertise of its workers’ unions and the ILO to assist in any legislative process to regulate labour relations. This will achieve the best outcome for working people in the country.

WHY ARE BLIND TEACHERS DISCRIMINATED AGAINST IN UZBEKISTAN?
24 August 2021 / uzbekistan

WHY ARE BLIND TEACHERS DISCRIMINATED AGAINST IN UZBEKISTAN?

The involvement of blind and visually impaired teachers in the education system is necessary for the promotion of inclusion in this field of Uzbekistan. But have equal conditions and opportunities been created for them to carry out teaching activities like teachers without disabilities? Together with Dr Abdulla Abdukhalilov, an Associate Professor of Social Work at the National University of Uzbekistan and a Deputy Chairman on Strategic Planning at the Association of Disabled People Uzbekistan, we wrote a joint article at Gazeta.uz (in Russian/Uzbek) to analyse the problem based on the personal experience and successful cases of inclusion in pedagogy.

Internet Censorship 2021: A Global Map of Internet Restrictions
24 August 2021 / International

Internet Censorship 2021: A Global Map of Internet Restrictions

Nearly 60 percent of the world’s population (4.66 billion people) uses the internet. It’s our source of instant information, entertainment, news, and social interactions. But where in the world can citizens enjoy equal and open internet access – if anywhere? In this exploratory study, our researchers have conducted a country-by-country comparison to see which countries impose the harshest internet restrictions and where citizens can enjoy the most online freedom. This includes restrictions or bans for torrenting, pornography, social media, and VPNs, and restrictions or heavy censorship of political media. This year, we have also added the restriction of messaging/VoIP apps.

Kyrgyz Heavy Metal: Inside The Mercury Mine Of Aidarken
30 July 2021 / kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz Heavy Metal: Inside The Mercury Mine Of Aidarken

The huge mercury mine at Aidarken in Kyrgyzstan once supplied the entire Soviet Union. It now produces a fraction of its former output, with many of its shafts still filled with floodwaters that took it out of service from 2009 to 2019.

“Survival of the Fittest.” Turkmen.news Presents Independent Report on Coronavirus in Turkmenistan
26 July 2021 / turkmenistan

“Survival of the Fittest.” Turkmen.news Presents Independent Report on Coronavirus in Turkmenistan

For more than a year now Turkmenistan’s government has declared the country free of coronavirus. They feed this story not only to their own people, who are already used to the authorities covering up problems and openly lying, but also to the entire international community – the UN, including the WHO, and foreign governments. The Turkmen government is essentially disregarding its own people and their health, and by lying to the international community and presenting inaccurate epidemiological data, it is putting the health of the whole world at risk.

Doctor Demanding Justice Detained in Turkmenistan
20 July 2021 / turkmenistan

Doctor Demanding Justice Detained in Turkmenistan

Turkmen.news, an independent outlet based in the Netherlands, reported that about 10 police detained Ismatullaeva from her home and confiscated telephones and computer equipment. Four days later, there is no official information on her whereabouts or the reason for her arrest. Any failure by the authorities to acknowledge Ismatullaeva’s detention or efforts to conceal her whereabouts would qualify her detention as an enforced disappearance, a very serious crime under international law.