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HRW urges European leaders to raise concerns over Kyrgyzstan
March 22, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged EU leaders France, Germany and Switzerland to raise human rights concerns directly with Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambaev about abuses occurring in his country. HRW has called on the leaders to "seek firm promises" that the country reject two bills that....... [more]

Kyrgyzstan considering legislation allowing government to shut down media outlets
January 30, 2015
A spokesperson for the Kyrgyzstan government discussed proposed legislation that would allow the Kyrgyz government to shut down media outlets without requiring a court decision with Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Friday. Justice Ministry spokesman Emir Zulpuev told RFE/RL that the legislat....... [more]

Jury selection begins for Boston Marathon bombing suspect
January 5, 2015
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused in the Boston Marathon bombings, arrived at the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Monday for jury selection in his federal death penalty trial. Tsarnaev will sit with his attorneys as approximately 1,200 potential jurors are called to the federal cour....... [more]

UN human rights office urges Kyrgyzstan to reject discriminatory LGBT bill
October 25, 2014
Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on Friday urged the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan to reject proposed legislation institutionalizing discrimination against individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). The....... [more]

US condemns Kyrgyzstan proposed 'gay propaganda' ban
October 13, 2014
The US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan issued a press release Friday condemning proposed legislation that would ban "gay propaganda." According to Reuters the proposed bill would allow for fines and imprisonment up to one year for individuals found "'forming a positive attitude to untraditional sexual relatio....... [more]

Kyrgyzstan parliament approves amendments on spreading false information
April 17, 2014
The Kyrgyz parliament on Wednesday approved amendments to Kyrgyzstan's Criminal Code that criminalize the spreading of false information through the media. Under the new amendments, which lawmaker Eristina Kachkarova said are not meant to target journalists or media outlets, those found guilty of i....... [more]

HRW: Kyrgyzstan police targeting gay men for abuse
January 30, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday released a report detailing abuses against gay and bisexual men at the hands of police in Kyrgyzstan. The report, entitled, "They Told Us We Deserved This: Police Violence against Gay and Bisexual Men in Kyrgyzstan," found that gay and bisexual men have been su....... [more]

Son of former Kyrgyzstan leader sentenced in absentia to 25 years for corruption
March 27, 2013
Son of ousted Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, Maxim Bakiyev, was sentenced to 25 years on Wednesday by a Kyrgyz court. He was convicted of entering into several energy agreements that cost Kyrgyzstan hundreds of millions of dollars and found guilty of illegally privatizing public land surroundin....... [more]

UN rights chief urges Kyrgyzstan to address corruption, discrimination
July 10, 2012
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday urged the government of Kyrgyzstan to ensure the protection of human rights and the rule of law. Pillay mentioned that one of the obstacles the country has to overcome is corruption, which affects every aspect of society, undermining the ....... [more]

Rights group criticizes Kyrgyzstan justice system
December 22, 2011
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday criticized the Kyrgyz Supreme Court for upholding a guilty verdict in a trial it claims was marred by allegations of torture, violence and threats. In its ruling on December 20, the Kyrgyz Supreme Court upheld a verdict against eight ethnic Uzbeks who were found....... [more]

Kyrgyzstan parliament adopted new constitution
November 8, 2011
On November 8, 2006, the People's Assembly of Kyrgyzstan adopted a new constitution restricting presidential authority in a political compromise between opposition party members and pro-government supporters. The new constitution enlarged the parliament to 90 deputies, enhanced the power of the....... [more]


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