Once upon a time, a country in Central Asia was considered an island of democracy. But, nowadays it is drowning. The civic space that is crucial to a functional democratic society is shrinking and civic and political rights are under threat.

The guest to this Shelter City Lecture, organized by Studium Generale and the Shelter City Project, is a human rights defender who works on capacity building of human rights organisations in their country, promotion of civic and political rights, and protection of civic space.

In doing so, they face a lot of obstacles in their work, from discriminatory laws and surveillance.

During the lecture, the guest discusses the history of their country and tells how democracy came under pressure. They also talk about what their work as a human rights defender is like.