October 13, 2014
by Peter Snyder
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 ...[read more]
April 17, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
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 ...[read more]
January 30, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
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 ...[read more]
March 27, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
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 ...[read more]
July 10, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
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 ...[read more]
December 22, 2011
by Jennie Ryan
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 ...[read more]
November 8, 2011
by Cynthia Miley
On November 8, 2006, the People's Assembly ofKyrgyzstanadopted anew 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... ...[read more]
September 15, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On September 15, 2010, the Nooken District Court in Kyrgyzstan issued the first convictions in connection with the June 2010 ethnic violence, handing down prison terms for eight ethnic Uzbeks. The case stemmed from the murder of a Kyrgyz police officer during the violence, which resulted in the ...[read more]
July 9, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On July 9, 2010, the Kyrgyzstan government announced that it had opened more than 1,000 criminal cases stemming from ethnic rioting in the country. Regional officials in Osh, an area in the south of Kyrgyzstan, announced that 106 individuals had been detained, with 97 in custody. The violence ...[read more]
June 20, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On June 20, 2010, the Kyrgyzstan government extended a state of emergency in the southern city of Osh, citing the need to deter ethnic violence. The state of emergency was originally declared by interim President Roza Otunbayeva in the wake of violent protests by the Uzbek ethnic minority after ...[read more]

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