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27 June 2023 - The UK’s engagement in Central Asia - Oral evidence

Committee Foreign Affairs Committee
Inquiry The UK’s engagement in Central Asia

Tuesday 27 June 2023

Start times: 1:45pm (private) 2:30pm (public)

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Human rights in Central Asia and the UK Government’s response examined by MPs

The Foreign Affairs Committee holds evidence session on human rights and security in Central Asian countries. This forms part of the Committee’s inquiry into the UK’s engagement with Central Asia.

Meeting details

At 2:30pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry The UK’s engagement in Central Asia
Independent Research Consultant
Researcher at Amnesty International
At 3:30pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry The UK’s engagement in Central Asia
Professor, College of International Security Affairs at National Defense University
Senior Researcher at The Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs, and Senior Research Consultant at Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), University of St Andrews
Professor of Eurasian Studies (Central & East European Studies) at School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow

The Committee hears from expert witnesses in two panels. The first panel discuss the current human rights situation in Central Asian states, which is potentially worsening, as well as the implications of this for UK foreign policy. This panel is likely to cover topics such as women’s rights and reports of human rights abuses in the countries of Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, and attitudes towards ethnic minorities, such as Uighurs.

The second panel will focus on security and governance in the region. The Committee will assess the current threats to peace, security and stability in Central Asia. Questions are likely to cover resources pressures, drugs trafficking and policies towards Afghanistan and the Taliban.


The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

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