Appeal of the partner solidarity network "People Changing the World" of the Human Rights Movement "Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan"

Авг 23.2021

We, leaders of communities living in risk zones, including activists of border villages of Kyrgyzstan, experts and documentarians working in the format "Human Rights Through Art and Culture", lawyers and journalists, participants of the innovative seminar "Human Rights During the Period of Risks and Disasters" from 22 to 27 August 2021 at the Issyk-Kul lake, are starting to work together to analyze and assess the environment, taking into account new challenges and risks both in Kyrgyzstan and in the Central Asia region to develop strategies for preventing a humanitarian catastrophe related to the events in Afghanistan.

Emerging new risks and disasters, global changes, including armed conflicts, acts of military aggression, social disruption, demographic shifts, rapid urbanization and migration trends, as well as climate change, are radically changing our world. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed many internal problems in the field of civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights, which have also worsened amid the the armed conflicts in the border area of Kyrgyzstan, a high level of violence against vulnerable groups of local communities, such as women, children, people with disabilities, etc.

The situation in Afghanistan requires us, citizens of Kyrgyzstan to pay even more attention to protecting and promoting the universality of human rights and freedoms, ensuring favorable conditions for protecting the rights of refugees, especially women human rights defenders, strengthening partnership with authorities from the level of communities to the global level, creating inclusive dialogue platforms to provide citizens with access to information, involving them in civic participation in the decision-making process at all levels of government on the basis of international obligations to ensure security and promote positive reforms for development, excluding discrimination and various forms of violence.

We welcome the organization and holding of the Kurultai to support and develop new women's Leadership in Kyrgyzstan under the auspices of the Vice Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh of the KR, Ms. Aida Kasymalieva.  We support THE STATEMENT OF THE DIALOGUE OF WOMEN LEADERS OF THE CENTRAL ASIAN STATES ADOPTED AT THE ROUND TABLE "THE ROLE OF GLOBAL AND REGIONAL PLATFORMS AND COALITIONS IN ENHANCING WOMEN'S PARTICIPATION AND LEADERSHIP IN CONFLICT PREVENTION AND PEACEBUILDING", including assistance to and protection of women human rights defenders of Afghanistan, dated 29 July 2021.[i]

We will assist in the implementation of the Declaration of the Women Leaders' Dialogue, which expressed appreciation for the current positive dynamics in the area of regional cooperation, emphasized the role of women in solving global and regional problems, and expressed support for innovative policies aimed at empowering, as well as partnership between women in Central Asia.[ii]

We support the new initiative of the President of the KR, Mr. S.N. Japarov, to strengthen interregional cooperation[iii] and involve networks of solidarity and partnership for the sake of sustainable development, strengthening peace, developing democracy, ensuring the protection of human rights and freedoms, from the level of communities to the global level, promoting gender equality and gender justice, and new women's Leadership in Kyrgyzstan.

United We Stand!


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Feedback from our focus groups



Experience should be attached to a law degree

Shakhboz Latipov, 24 y.o., young lawyer: “When I came to BDK for an internship, I had no experience in legal and human rights activities. Together with experienced senior colleagues, I began to attend trials, studied documents. Gradually my supervisor Khusanbai Saliev began to trust me the preparation of documents, carefully checked them and gave practical advice. Experience comes with time and cases you work on. Every day dozens of people who need help come to us, many of them are from socially vulnerable groups: the poor, large families, elderly citizens. A lawyer in a human rights organization sometimes acts as a psychologist, it is important for him to be able to maintain professionalism and show empathy. At the end of 2019, I successfully passed the exam to get the right to start working as attorney and now I work on cases as an attorney. I turn to my colleagues for help on complex issues, they always give me their advice. This is one of the strengths of the organization: there is support and understanding here.”



Organization unites regions

Feruza Amadalieva, social worker, leader, teacher: “TOT from BDK is a great opportunity to get acquainted with participants from different regions, we continue to communicate on social media and when we meet at events, as close friends, we have such warm relations! At the events, I improved my knowledge, systematized it, clarified how to apply it in practice. I really like the training modules and the way the system of training and practice is built: role-playing games, theory, discussions. Each person expresses himself/herself. I have become a leader for other vulnerable women, I try to help them and engage them in such events.” Feruza Amadalieva is a regular participant of many BDK events, she invites the BDK lawyers to provide legal advice to vulnerable women.



I became confident

In summer of 2019, Nuriza Talantbek kyzy took an active part in conducting regional screenings of documentaries, helped with organizational issues during the campaign dedicated to the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, participated in trips, and did the TOT on women's leadership. She used to be a migrant, worked for an NGO in Osh, and now works in Bishkek in the service industry. She calls her participation in the TOT “an invaluable experience”: “I first attended such an event, and received exactly the information that I needed, for which I am sincerely grateful to the facilitators. I experienced very difficult issues in my life, and thanks to that knowledge, I was able to overcome them, I persevered! After the TOT, I became more confident, began to better understand the essence of human rights, and learned to defend my interests.”



The defendant has passed away. The work on his rehabilitation continues.

The case of Shukurullo Kochkarov shows that work on complex cases continues for many years. After the torture he was subjected to in 2010, he became disabled. We managed to get acquittal on one of the charges; the work is ongoing on achieving his rehabilitation and recognition as a victim of torture in order for compensation to be paid. Trials continue without Shukurullo Kochkarov - he died on 2 August 2019. His interests are represented by his father, Saidaziz Kochkarov, who also has a visual disability. “For many years, we have been supported by the employees of BDK, they have been handling the case of my son, they brought him to court because he couldn’t walk on his own, they constantly help our family: my wife and I underwent rehabilitation, they have helped my son by providing him with medicines, they provide all kinds of help”.



Comprehensive support for victims of torture

Resident of the Kara-Suu district, Dilyor Jumabaev, has extensive experience in dealing with law enforcement agencies. In 2010, he was accused of possessing firearms, and thanks to the work of lawyers, he was acquitted. Two years later, his house was first searched in order to find materials of an extremist nature, but nothing was found. In 2014, he was accused of possessing extremist materials. In court, the prosecutor requested 15 years in prison; the court sentenced him to 6 years. A few years later he was released on parole. “I am grateful to the lawyers of BDK for their expert legal assistance. I participated in a rehabilitation program for victims of torture. When I encounter violations, I recommend contacting this organization.”


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