Uzbekistan

$97,150
To assist the human rights activists in Tashkent. Two programs will help human rights activists to provide services to vulnerable segments of the population. The activists will pa y legal fees, conduct intensive reporting and monitoring, transmit humanitarian aid to political prisoners, and offer legal consultations in select cases. Information obtained during the course of this work will be provided to international human rights organizations.

$26,500*
To publish a weekly newspaper in the Uzbek language. A newspaper will be published in Kyrgyzstan and distributed among Uzbek speakers throughout the Fergana Valley. The editorial team anticipates this independent newspaper will become a valuable source of objective information inside Uzbekistan.