HRM “Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan”
OnthelegacyofMr. AbdilSegizbayev, ex-ChairmanoftheSCNSofKR, Ms. IndiraDzholdubaeva, ex-ProsecutorGeneraloftheKRandMr. UlanIsrailov, ex-MinisterofInternalAffairsoftheKRandotherex-leaders
The list of citizens deported from Kyrgyzstan,
the General Prosecutor's Office of Kyrgyzstan still has not replied
Alexander Knyazev, politologist
Knyazev stated: “By the way, the border guards themselves behaved properly. They said they didn’t know the details, and they received the instructions from the management. Today, Mamytov first said to news agencies that he did not know anything, and then he said that law enforcement agencies could have some claims against me. He allegedly didn’t know the details. I.e., there might be some criminal case or non-payment of alimony. But I know my biography very well. I have no problems with both the legislation of Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. I think that any first-year law student will say that I should have been admitted first, and then, in the manner prescribed by law, have charges brought against me.”
Vasila Inoyatova, Uzbek human rights activist
The Kyrgyz Border Guard Service refused entry to the human rights activist from Uzbekistan Vasila Inoyatova immediately after her arrival in Bishkek, on the evening of June 29. The human rights activist herself said that she was accused of "destabilizing the situation in Kyrgyzstan". Inoyatova arrived at Manas airport of Bishkek on the night of June 29-30, but could not go beyond the transit zone, since Kyrgyzstan's border guards refused to let her into the country.
Mira Ritman, human rights activist and researcher
2 December 2015
On December 2, 2015, Kyrgyzstan's migration authorities did not allow the researcher of the Human Rights Watch to cross the border, saying that she was barred from entering the country. The relevant official document states that Mira Ritman, a researcher on Central Asia and the director of the Bishkek office of the organization, was declared a persona non grata. Soonafter, shewasputonaflightfromBishkek.
The document, which Human Rights Watch reviewed, said that Ritman violated the migration legislation, but no details were given. There are no reliable or justified reasons for refusal of entry, and Human Rights Watch considers the authorities' actions as a direct restriction on the organization's ability to exercise normal monitoring of the human rights situation in Kyrgyzstan.
Grigoriy Mikhailov, journalist
On March 10, 2017 the Chief Editor of IA REGNUM Grigoriy Mikhailov was taken out of the country by officers of the 10th Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic. IA REGNUM reminds that on March 10, 2017 employees of the Tenth Central Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kyrgyzstan (specializing in the fight against terrorism, extremism and illegal migration) tricked Grigoriy Mikhailov, the Chief Editor of IA REGNUM in Bishkek, Russian citizen, into leaving the country. Then he was denied entry back into the country. No explanation was given to the journalist regarding which of the state agencies included him in the blacklist.
10 July 2017
Vialiy Ponomaryov, human rights activist and researcher
Vitaliy Ponomaryov flew to Kyrgyzstan on June 29 to attend the forum, where the legislation of Central Asian countries on combating extremism and terrorism was discussed. Civil activists and experts from Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan participated in the forum. The forum was organized by the Kylym Shamy Public Fund from Kyrgyzstan, together with the Human Rights Center "Memorial" (Russia, Moscow), with the support of the Norwegian Helsinki Foundation. Ponomaryov participated in it as a co-organizer and moderator of the event. After the forum, the Russian expert flew to Astana on business, and planned to return home via Bishkek, on the morning of July 11. After visiting Almaty on his way back, the expert was going to Bishkek through the Ak Zhol border post, which is 15 km away from Bishkek (Kordai on Kazakhstan’s side).
The border guards of Kyrgyzstan informed him that the entry into Kyrgyzstan was closed for him, and made a record on this fact on a special form. According to Ponomaryov himself, the record referred to the laws of Kyrgyzstan "On the State Border" and "On External Migration". However, the border guards could not explain the reason for the prohibition of entry.
Ponomaryovthinksthattheincidentisconnectedwithhisparticipationintheforumonreligiousextremismandterrorism, ashedidnotparticipateinany othereventsinKyrgyzstan.
Later, Ponomaryov was informed by phone that any details related to the prohibition on entry were supposedly classified information. The period of the prohibition was not specified in the record of non-admission.
InJuly 2017, 37 organizationsfrom 18 countriescalledontheKyrgyzgovernmenttolifttheentry banfor PonomaryovandRitman, butthisappealremainedunanswered.
9 December 2017
Chris Rickleton, journalist
Kyrgyzstan deported the journalist of Agence France-Presse and former correspondent of Eurasianet.org Chris Rickleton. He stated this on his Facebook page. As he told Kaktus.media, he has permanent accreditation in Kazakhstan, where the AFP regional office is located. He repeatedly applied for permanent accreditation in Kyrgyzstan. The last time he did it was in October. He did not get an official reply on whether he was accredited or not. As Chris suggests, his deportation may be related to his former job. He has already contacted the British Embassy, but his powers are limited and the deportation concerns internal affairs of Kyrgyzstan.
12 June 2017
The website of the news agency Ferghana.ru was blocked by the court in Kyrgyzstan. Then the State Committee for National Security filed a criminal case against a non-staff journalist of the news agency Ulugbek Babakulov, accusing him of fomenting inter-ethnic hatred. The journalist and the news agency itself do not agree with the accusations.
The criminal case against Ulugbek Babakulov was initiated by the SNSC on 9 June. He is suspected of “having published a number of provocative articles” on the Fergananews.com website and other resources.
Accordingtounofficialsources, therearealsoothercasesofbanninghumanrightsactivistsfrom entering Kyrgyzstan, whichhavenotbeenpublished inthemedia.