Harder times for human rights defenders in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan has for long been considered the least repressive country in Central Asia. A civil society has developed and been able to work relatively freely. But lately the situation has changed to the worse. Peaceful demonstrations are stopped by the military and journalists critical of the regime are persecuted, threatened and killed. Gennady Pavlyuk is one of the latest victims. Pavlyuk had openly criticized the Kyrgyzs authorities, in December 2009 he was found murdered.

Tolekan Ismailova, founder and leader of the organisation Citizens Aganist Corruption, has been in Sweden with her family for two months, primarily to recover physically and mentally from the pressure that human rights defenders and their families live under in Central Asia, but also to learn more about how we work with human rights in the Swedish penitentiary system.

Tolekan Ismailova talked about the human rights situation in Kyrgyzstan, with starting point in a shadow report that seven human rights organisations have published in the wake of the UN Universal Periodic Review of Kyrgyzstan in May. Read the report UPR Kyrgyzstan 2009.

Have a look at Tolekan Ismailovas slide show here: Kyrgyzstan2009.ppt

Read the CAC report here: CAC_Report_2009.pdf

Please note that the seminar this month was held one day earlier , that is on Tuesday instead of Wednesday, because our guest could not participate on Wednesday.

Date: Tuesday March 30
Time : 9.00 – 10.00
Place : Stora Nygatan 26

Welcome to one hour of human rights!

Categories: Uncategorized.
Tags: Citizens Against Corruption, Prisons, and Tolekan Ismailova.
Regions: Kyrgyzstan.