Central Asia/Caucasus Regional

American Center for International Labor Solidarity
$350,036
To conduct an education project aimed at trade union modernization. The project will encourage improvement in internal union democracy and communication with members, develop the capacity of Kyrgyz and Kazakh Federations to support a self-sustaining trade union education program, and reach out to Tajik unions and support reform-minded union leaders and NGOs.

The Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations (Russian Union of Journalists)
$39,960
To maintain its Russian-language website about Central Asia, www.ca-oasis.info. The Center will maintain the website from Moscow with contributions from correspondents in each of the five states of Central Asia. The website will feature daily news updates and the Center’s bi-weekly magazine, Oasis.

Civic Assistance Committee
$44,850
To provide legal assistance to political refugees in Russia who are being prosecuted on spurious charges or are threatened with illegal deportation or extradition to Central Asian countries. The organization will represent individuals in selected cases, offer legal support to emigrants and refugees, and regularly inform the public about these cases. In addition, the Committee will publish reports about illegal extraditions.

Civil Democratic Union of Turkmenistan
$58,038
To train civil society activists from Central Asia in information and computer security programs and procedures. The program will bring activists together for trainings and facilitate cooperation among them.

The Civil Democratic Union of Turkmenistan
$52,500
To train civil society activists from Central Asia in information security and computer security programs and procedures. The program will bring activists together for trainings and facilitate cooperation among them.

Fund for Legal and Economic Reform in Kyrgyzstan (FLER)
$54,145
To continue its work with human rights organizations in the Fergana Valley. FLER will train human rights activists from Central Asia and administer a small grants program. In addition, FLER will continue to maintain the network’s website, keep a database of human rights organizations in the Fergana Valley, and provide a resource center for local NGOs.

“Memorial” Human Rights Center
$43,420
To maintain a network of human rights activists in the Ferghana Valley, disseminate information about human rights abuses, and standardize the reporting from disparate human rights organizations. “Memorial” will coordinate the reporting of abuses, systematize reporting so that it can be utilized in analytical materials, and publish monthly updates about three countries—Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan—focusing on the conflict-prone Ferghana Valley.