Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Uzbekistan - COI

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Bill Bowring

Email: b [dot] bowringatbbk [dot] ac [dot] uk

Professor Bowring is a Barrister and academic with research experience in Eastern and Central Europe. He is Professor of Law at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he is also the Director of the LLM/MA in human Rights. As part of the LLM/MA he teaches a course in minority rights, as well as courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level in international law and human rights. He has more than 100 publications including two books and is fluent in Russian. In 2000 he devised and implemented, on behalf of OSCE, intensive training of advocates, prosecutors and judges on the implications of Uzbekistan's ratification of the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which took place in three centres: Tashkent, Urgench and Ferghana. In 2012 Bill Bowring visited Tashkent to conduct a two day intensive training on torture prevention at the main legal training centre in Tashkent for two groups of defence advocates from all over Uzbekistan. In 2013 and 2014 he was invited by the British Embassy to participate in international conferences in Tashkent with participants from the OSCE, EU and other Western and international bodies, focusing on Uzbekistan’s recent Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the United Nations Human Rights Council. He also made presentations to the National Human Rights Centre (NHRC), to the Judicial Training Centre and other local organisations.

Dr. Judith Beyer

Email: judith [dot] beyeratuni-konstanz [dot] de

Dr Judith Beyer is Junior Professor of Anthropology (tenure track) at the University of Konstanz in Germany. She has worked in Central Asia since 2000 and in Myanmar since 2012.  She is concerned with legal pluralism, anthropology of the state, religious minorities, ethnicity, statelessness, constitutional politics and authority.

Marjorie Farquharson

Email: mmfatblueyonder [dot] co [dot] uk

Marjorie Farquharson has worked in the field of human rights and the USSR and post-Soviet states for 30 years. She has given her expert opinion on 43 cases involving asylum seekers to the UK. She has been a freelance researcher, writer and translator since 2001 and has worked in all five Central Asian States. She has done numerous research projects for UNDP, UNHCR and Amnesty International as well as independent research on Central Asian states. She was Amnesty International's first representative in the Soviet bloc from 1994-1996 as the Director of the EU Tacis project. As a Council of Europe officer she has worked in 44 of Russia's federal regions and helped establish a regional ombudsman institution there. She is the author of several publications on Central Asia. She is capable of giving her expertise on all Central Asian states, namely, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Marjorie is not able to provide her services pro bono, however, she is willing to negotiate a fee.

Professor Nazif Shahrani

Email: sharahniatindiana [dot] edu

M Nazif Shahrani is Professor of Anthropology, Central Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, has served two terms as Chairman of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Director of the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program at IU. Shahrani is an Afghan-American anthropologist with extensive field research in Afghanistan, and has studied Afghan refugee communities in Pakistan & Turkey. Since 1992 he has also conducted field research in post-Soviet Muslim republics of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. He is interested in the impact of Islam on social life, institutional dynamics and political culture of Muslims, problems of state-failure, role of nationalism in social fragmentation in multi-ethnic nation-states, and the political economy of international assistance to postcolonial failing states and its consequences. He grew-up bilingual in Uzbek & Tajik/Dari/Farsi, learned Pashtu, Kyrgyz, English and some Arabic.

Dr. Ganiev Shukhrat

Email: shukhrat9atgmail [dot] com

Dr. Shukhrat Ganiev is the  coordinator of the Central Asian network for the protection of human rights defenders and Director of the HUMANITARIAN LEGAL CENTER in Uzbekistan. He specializes in developing strategies of preventing social and ethnic conflicts and in analysing situations of migrant workers and illegal traffic of women and children. He can write about the  violations of the rights of ethnic minorities in Uzbekistan, the rights of vulnerable groups- women and children from Uzbekistan in Russian and Kazakhstan.

Professor Natalya Stepanova-Sipper

Email: sipperatconsolidated [dot] net

Professor Natalya Stepanova-Sipper was born in Russia and raised in Uzbekistan before moving to the US in 1997. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law since January 2001, where she teaches, inter alia, Introduction to Russian and Uzbek Legal Systems. She is also the owner of the Central Asian Consulting since 1999, and has provided in this context expert witness testimony for political asylum petitions. She practiced law in Uzebkistan and represented clients in Uzbek courts. Professor Stepanova-Sipper is fluent in Russian and English, and can communicate in Ukrainian.

Dr. Rano Turaeva-Hoehne 

Email: r [dot] turaevaatgmail [dot] com

Dr. Rano Turaeva-Hoehne is a Senior Researcher affiliated at Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany and is a part-time lecturer at the Institute for Social Anthropology of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. She also is an independent expert and consultant, writing expert reports on various issues including: minority groups, religious groups and political groups; organised crime and state crime; extremism and violence; human rights violations; women issues and honour killing; human trafficking; prison conditions; disadvantaged groups (children, mentally ill, disabled, terminally ill). She has written over 100 COI reports, and compiled the Country of Origin Information on Turkmenistan for UNHCR. Her PhD was titled "Identification, Discrimination, and Communication: Khorezmian migrants in Tashkent", and her research was situated in the context of post-Soviet developments in newly independent states. She recently completed the book "Migration and Identity: Inside Uzbekistan" (2016). She is a native speaker of Uzbek and has grade 3 knowledge (on a scale of 5) of the Turkmen, Kazakh and Kyrgyz languages.

Professor Sebastien Peyrouse

Email: speyrouseatemail [dot] gwu [dot] edu

Mr. Sebastien Peyrouse is a Research Professor of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University and a Senior Research Fellow at East-West Institute in Washington D.C. Prior to joining the George Washington University and the East-West Institute, Prof. Peyrouse worked at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute& Silk Road Studies Program as well as at the Institute for Security and Development Policy in Stockholm. His main areas of expertise are political systems in Central Asia, Islam and religious minorities, and Central Asia’s geopolitical positioning toward China, Russia and South Asia. Professor Peyrouse is the author of Turkmenistan. Strategies of Power, Dilemmas of Development (M. E. Sharpe, 2011), and the co-author of The 'Chinese Question' in Central Asia. Domestic Order, Social Changes, and the Chinese Factor (Hurst, Columbia University Press, 2012) and of Globalizing Central Asia. Geopolitics and the Challenges of Economic Development (M.E. Sharpe, 2012). He has also co-edited China and India in Central Asia. A new "Great Game"? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), and Mapping Central Asia: Indian Perceptions and Strategies (Ashgate, 2011).