The EU leaders should prominently address human rights issues with Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev, who is in Brussels for meetings on 26-27 March, and insist that he use his powers to ensure compliance with the country’s international human rights obligations.
There is a trend of narrowing of political space NGOs in Kyrgyzstan, while civil society expresses concerns about adoption of certain amendments to the legislation related to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.
The well-known human rights activist Azimjan Askarov was sentenced to life imprisonment on false charges of inciting the murder of a policeman during the mass ethnic unrest in southern Kyrgyzstan in June 2010. He is currently serving his sentence in prison in Bishkek.
Despite positive developments in terms of human rights and democracy in Kyrgyzstan, human rights violations in the south of the country undermine many positive initiatives.
We, members of the Civic Solidarity Platform, are concerned about the recent legislative initiative to restrict NGO activity in Kyrgyzstan and appeal to members of parliament in this country to reject this draft law.