“We must hear the voice of the people and face the harsh truth. The fight against corruption should be conducted at the national level. It will not be limited to law enforcement agencies only. We must eradicate corruption in all areas without exception: from the highest political authorities to every aiyl aimak. We must cleanse our society of such a disease as corruption”.
The President of the Kyrgyz Republic S.Sh. Jeenbekov. Excerpt from the speech at the Security Council of the KR.
Date: 01 August 2018
Time: 10:40 – coffee break, 11:00 – opening of the press conference
Venue: Aki Press
Participants: members of the board, partners of the HRM "Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan", human rights activists, experts.
2018 has been and remains the Year of Hope for positive changes. This Year is eventful and important for the restoration of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights and freedoms of Kyrgyz citizens, after the presidential election conducted on October 15, 2017 .
Human rights activists and journalists call 2017 the most difficult year for human rights and freedoms in the Kyrgyz Republic, because pressure was exercised in all areas: television channels were closed, international journalists and human rights defenders were deported, international journalists and human rights defenders were banned from entering the country, the criminal case was initiated against the journalist of Ferghana.Ru Ulugbek Babakulov and the agency Ferghana.Ru was blocked. The scale of claims against journalists and human rights defenders, inclusion in the list of extremist organizations and materials under the Ministry of Justice of the KR, through secret trials of human rights NGOs and their partners, were simply terrifying .
Despite the fact that the UN adopted the Guidelines against Intimidation or Reprisals (San Jose Guidelines) in 2015, a negative precedent was created in Kyrgyzstan when the human rights report was recognized as extremist by a secret court decision, organizations were included in the "List of extremist materials" of the KR Ministry of Justice, partners were banned from entering the country.
As it was indicated earlier by human rights organizations LC “ADILET”, PF “Kylym Shamy” and HRM “Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan”, international partners of the solidarity network, in recent years the political space for CSOs has sharply narrowed, human rights activists, well-known journalists and members of their families have been subjected to large scale prosecution.
According to the Press Freedom Index, Kyrgyzstan is at the 98th place among 180 countries .
What changes have occurred in 2018, thanks to the activity, perseverance and professionalism of journalists, human rights activists, lawyers and experts?
- On May 19, 2018 ex-President of the Kyrgyz Republic Atambaev withdrew his multi-million claims against well-known journalists and human rights defender Ch. Dzhakupova;
- On April 17, 2018 President Sooronbai Jeenbekov withdrew his financial claims against journalist Kabay Karabekov in the amount of 5 million soms;
- Strategically important initiatives were mentioned by the President of the Kyrgyz Republic S. Jeenbekov in his speech on anti-corruption measures at the Security Council ;
- The UN supported Jeenbekov's initiative to declare 2018 the Year of Regional Development in the Kyrgyz Republic: “The UN system supports your initiative to declare 2018 the Year of Regional Development. This Decree will unite the endeavors and efforts of all forces in the country aimed at development of Kyrgyzstan. There are many UN programs and agencies in the regions of Kyrgyzstan, and we would like to implement our projects in accordance with the programs indicated in the Decree”, said Mr. Ojielo.
- President Jeenbekov’s speech at the meeting of Jogorku Kenesh of the KR ;
- The meeting and dialogue of President S. Jeenbekov with civil society was key and historically important ;
What has been accomplished during the six months of this year by Bir Duino and its partners?
- We continued to work on the expansion of the political space for CSOs: freedom of association, strengthening the Solidarity and supporting networks inside and outside the KR;
- Together with FIDH, we promoted protection of migrants' rights and freedoms by paying special attention to the most vulnerable groups of migrants, women, children, victims of torture and victims of the slave trade;
- Protection of the rights of children in conflict with the law ;
- Promotion of Women's Leadership and gender equality ;
- Combating torture and ill-treatment, supported by the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, jointly with PRI with the support of the EU;
- Advocacy at the UN level: in March 2018 together with partner NGOs at the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, including the first public hearings of reports and recommendations before and after Geneva in conjunction with the State Agency for Local Government and Interethnic Relations ;
- Promoting the Sustainable Development Goals through the International Platform: the International Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights “Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan”.
1. Bureaucracy: the law on processing of citizens' applications and complaints is executed too late and inefficiently, especially in closed institutions .
2. Impunity and the lack of access to equal and fair justice;
3. Insufficient level of literacy of officials on different levels, corruption;
4. Discrimination and hate speech towards independent representatives of CSO;
5. The weak practice of civic participation and civil control in the decision-making process at all levels of government, as poor quality laws are adopted without expertise and public hearings in the Jogorku Kenesh, government development programs do not take into account the realities and needs of the regions of the country, such as the Sustainable Development Strategies for 2018-2040.
Should you have any questions, please, contact the HRM “Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan”
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