Chechnya is facing mounting condemnation amid reports that security forces have recently rounded up well over 100 men suspected of being gay or bisexual, and that several have been killed. In an email interview, Kyle Knight of Human Rights Watch discusses options for an effective international response.
In November, barely a month after the ruling Georgian Dream party’s win in parliamentary elections, Georgia’s defense minister outlined an ambitious reform program that captured headlines for reintroducing the draft. The reforms represent a technocratic turn for the often politically charged Defense Ministry.
Azerbaijanis went to the polls last month to vote in a referendum on 29 constitutional amendments that would strengthen President Ilham Aliyev’s grip on power. Exit polls show that nearly 90 percent of those that voted backed all of the amendments, though there were widespread reports of voter fraud.