Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Kyrgyzstan - COI

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Prof. Dr. Judith Beyer

Email: beyer [dot] judithatgmail [dot] com

Judith Beyer is Full Professor of Social and Political Anthropology at the University of Konstanz in Germany. She specializes in legal anthropology and has conducted long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan) and Southeast Asia (Myanmar).  Her research focuses on the anthropology of law, the anthropology of the state and statelessness, and theories of sociality and social order.

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.

Dr John Heathershaw

Email: J [dot] D [dot] Heathershawatexeter [dot] ac [dot] uk

Dr Heathershaw is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Exeter and Principal Investigator (2012-2015) of the ESRC Research Project ‘Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia’.  His research concerns the conflict, security and development in Central Asia, particularly Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. He has spent a total of three years living in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan). He speaks advanced Russian and intermediate Tajiki and Kyrgyz. Heathershaw has acted as a consultant to the donor agencies of the UK, US and German government as well as several international NGOs. He completed his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2007, specialising on Tajikistan. Heathershaw has held teaching and research posts at the University of Notre Dame, the American University in Central Asia, and King’s College, London.  His first book was entitled Post-Conflict Tajikistan: the politics of peacebuilding and the emergence of legitimate order (Routledge, 2009). He is a director of the Central Eurasian Studies Society and a member of the international advisory board of the academic journal Central Asian Survey. He has also had experience of work with UNHCR in Gambia.

Prof 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. 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: Ethnic and religious minorities, victims of domestic violence, political refugees, war refugees, mentally sick persons, health systems, political and economic environment, stateless persons, other social groups, victims of human trafficking, illegal migrants, state and citizenship, Soviet Union , post-Soviet republics, religion and security, gender and violence, legal systems, document production, assessment of documents from country of origin. 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. She had also done consultancy work for IDEA on "COVID and human rights in Eastern Europe and Baltic countries”.

Eimear O'Casey

Email: eimear [dot] ocaseyatgmail [dot] com

Eimear O’Casey is a specialist analyst on the former Soviet Union (FSU), with particular interest in anti-corruption and democratisation. Since 2013 she has worked as a political and security risk analyst at the Control Risks consultancy. She advises a range of international organisations and private companies on the key political, integrity and security risks associated with activity in the FSU, with special focus on Central Asia and the South Caucasus. She regularly participates in OSCE election observation missions as a short term observer, most recently in Tajikistan in 2015. She participated in the Atlantic Council’s Future Leaders Summit at the NATO Summit in Wales in September 2014. Alongside native English she speaks French and Russian, and holds a Certified Fraud Examiner qualification. 

Prof. Meghan McCormack, JD 

E-mail: mccormack [dot] meghanatgmail [dot] com

Prof. Meghan McCormack, JD has lived and worked in Kyrgyzstan since 2012, conducting research on women's rights and the rule of law under the auspices of Yale Law School, the Fulbright Program, and UN Women. A lawyer by training, she currently works in the law faculty of the American University of Central Asia, where she teaches on international law, human rights, and gender issues. Her prior research has covered topics such as informal justice institutions in Kyrgyzstan, conflict along the un-delimited Kyrgyzstani-Tajikistani border, and gender issues related to international migration, non-consensual marriage, political and economic participation, and religious beliefs and practices.  She speaks English, advanced Kyrgyz and intermediate Russian; elementary Spanish and French. She is currently learning Tajik (beginner).

Dr. Philipp Schröder 

E-mail: philipp [dot] schroederatethno [dot] uni-freiburg [dot] de

Dr Philipp Schröder is a Social/Cultural Anthropologist who has specialised in Central Asia, especially Kyrgyzstan, since 2002. His areas of research and publication have been social integration and conflict, political economies and migration, youth and gender relations. Currently, he is a lecturer and postdoctoral scholar at the Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Freiburg. In recent years he has served as a consultant for agencies such as the German Federal Foreign Office (AA), Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the World Bank, UN Women and the University of Central Asia (UCA). Furthermore, he is a research affiliate at the "International Security and Development Center" (ISDC, Berlin).

Dr. Alexander Wolters

E-mail: a [dot] woltersatosce-academy [dot] net

Dr. Alexander Wolters is a DAAD Visiting Professor at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He has worked in Kyrgyzstan and the wider region of Central Asia since 2003. In his research he focuses on the evolution of the political systems in Central Asia. He has further worked on social mobilization, the role of public politics, state and society relations, as well as religious systems, Islamic movements, and educational policies.