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07 October, 2020 / kyrgyzstan
Appeal of Bir Duino–Kyrgyzstan and the solidarity network: "Kyrgyzstan is in Danger!"

Appeal of Bir Duino–Kyrgyzstan and the solidarity network: "Kyrgyzstan is in Danger!"

Given the acute conflict situation that has developed after the fraudulent elections, realising all the threats to the security of the citizens, the state and its economy, we urge all political groups to put aside their personal ambitions and unite all progressive forces to take urgent measures to ensure a peaceful transition, to prevent the further spread of violence and destabilization in the country.
We call on all political forces to act within the framework of the constitution to start the process of legitimizing the post-election situation and the peaceful transition of power in accordance with the Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic and its international obligations. We understand the legitimate demands of the protesters who do not agree with the use of administrative resources and falsification of the elections results, the violent use of rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades by law enforcement agencies, when a young activist Altynbek uulu Umutbek died at the age of 19 and over 600 people were injured, more than a hundred of them are in hospitals.
06 October, 2020 / kyrgyzstan
PRELIMINARY CONCLUSION THE "ALTERNATIVA" CENTER UNDER THE HUMAN RIGHTS MOVEMENT BIR DUINO-KYRGYZSTAN WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF MONITORING AND EVALUATING THE PREPARATION AND CONDUCT OF THE PARLI

PRELIMINARY CONCLUSION THE "ALTERNATIVA" CENTER UNDER THE HUMAN RIGHTS MOVEMENT BIR DUINO-KYRGYZSTAN WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF MONITORING AND EVALUATING THE PREPARATION AND CONDUCT OF THE PARLI

Electoral corruption: some political parties took advantage of the plight of the electorate and engaged in open and large-scale electoral bribery. The post-pandemic situation has shown the scale of poverty and hopelessness of many families in the country. There are novostroikas (new settlements) around Bishkek – new buildings, where mostly internal migrants live, who, as well as people living in risk zones in the regions of the country, turned out to be on the verge of survival. As a result, people took everything that some political parties offered. Unfortunately, almost no one conducted large-scale civic education programs for voters, taking into account the risks of the pandemic and the new challenges associated with the parliamentary elections on 4 October 2020. Key institutions designed to fight bribery reacted poorly, often did not react at all.
25 September, 2020 / kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan: Medics suffer rights violations, pay high personal price during COVID-19 pandemic

Kyrgyzstan: Medics suffer rights violations, pay high personal price during COVID-19 pandemic

Health workers in Kyrgyzstan have paid an astoundingly high personal price during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen them forced to work long hours, often without promised additional pay and sometimes with reduced pay, and subjected to a “prison-like” quarantine regime, Amnesty International said in a new report today. According to official data from the Ministry of Health, during the peak of the epidemic from mid-March to 22 July, 29 health workers died. However, unofficial sources put the figure at 40.
22 September, 2020 / kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan cannot paper over death of Azimjon Askarov

Kyrgyzstan cannot paper over death of Azimjon Askarov

The death of the award-winning journalist and human rights defender Azimjon Askarov on 25 July in a Kyrgyz jail was the culmination of a series of injustices and repeated flouting of accountability by the Kyrgyz government. His death – officially by pneumonia but probably of Covid-19 – is no reason to give up the fight for justice. On the contrary, it has become even more crucial that the EU, UN, and other multilateral institutions, governments and donors demand that the Kyrgyz government unconditionally complies with the nation's commitments to human rights and the rule of law.
14 September, 2020 / kyrgyzstan
Participants of the action in Bishkek called to join the Urgent Appeal in the attachment and to provide solidarity and support to citizens of Belarus.

Participants of the action in Bishkek called to join the Urgent Appeal in the attachment and to provide solidarity and support to citizens of Belarus.

Today on September 14, 2020 near the Embassy of Belarus in Bishkek a peaceful action of support and solidarity with citizens of Belarus took place, demanding observance of principles of fair, free, democratic elections, freedom of peaceful meetings and assemblies, release of all political prisoners in Belarus.
07 August, 2020 / kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyz Film Denied License For Showing Corrupt Officials

Kyrgyz Film Denied License For Showing Corrupt Officials

The makers of a new Kyrgyz movie say they were denied a distribution license after a film commission objected to scenes showing corrupt government officials. Motherland, by director Mederbek Jalilov, tells the story of a conflict between Kyrgyz villagers and a Chinese investor.
06 July, 2020 / kyrgyzstan
Free Kanatbek Osmonov!

Free Kanatbek Osmonov!

BWI called for the immediate release of Kyrgzstan trade union leader Kanatbek Osmonov, who was charged with criminal cases and placed under house arrest by the government. Osmonov is the Deputy Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of Kyrgyzstan (FTUKg) and President of the Kyrgyzstan Forestry Workers Union.
22 June, 2020 / kyrgyzstan
Unions under threat in Kyrgyzstan

Unions under threat in Kyrgyzstan

While the ex-chair of Federation of Trade Unions of Kyrgyzstan refuses to resign, the current leaders of FTUK are being prosecuted and a draft law depriving unions of independence is promoted in the parliament.
18 June, 2020 / kyrgyzstan
Interference in trade union affairs and harassment of trade union leaders

Interference in trade union affairs and harassment of trade union leaders

Mr President, trade unions, under virtue of ILO Convention 87, ratified by your country in 1992, organise their activities and make their own decisions in line with their internal rules and procedures, free from any interference from state bodies or any other parties. Regretfully, that is not guaranteed in Kyrgyzstan today.
We urge you, as the guarantor of the Constitutional rights of the citizens of Kyrgyzstan, including the right to freedom of association, to act to ensure that the interference in internal trade union affairs by law enforcement agencies and the prosecution and harassment of individual trade union members and leaders will end, as a matter of urgency. We shall inform the ILO and the EU about these violations of trade union rights in the country and will be ready to support a formal complaint of the FPKg and its unions to the ILO as well as engage other available international mechanisms to ensure that freedom of association is respected in the country, in law and in practice.
27 May, 2020 / kyrgyzstan
PRESS RELEASE. “ON JUNE 1ST 2020, AT 10 A.M., A COURT SESSION ON THE LAWSUIT OF AZIMZHAN ASKAROV AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT OF THE KYRGYZ REPUBLIC”.

PRESS RELEASE. “ON JUNE 1ST 2020, AT 10 A.M., A COURT SESSION ON THE LAWSUIT OF AZIMZHAN ASKAROV AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT OF THE KYRGYZ REPUBLIC”.

On 1 June 2020, at 10 a.m., a preliminary hearing will be held in the administrative court of Bishkek (64 Ibraimova St., tel: 0312 681390, 622731) to consider the administrative claim of Azimzhan Askarov against the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. On 11 May 2020, the trial did not take place due to the reorganization of the Inter-district courts in accordance with the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic dated 11 April 2020 “On Amending Certain Legislative Acts of the Kyrgyz Republic”.