Dear Ombudsman of the Kyrgyz Republic Mr. Mamytov T.B.

Окт 08.2020

Assessing the alarming situation with public security in the Kyrgyz Republic, subsequent to the use of force against the protesters after large-scale protests due of unfair parliamentary elections, on the night of 04 to 5 October 2020, a young activist was killed, more than 600 wounded are in hospitals, there were attacks on private businesses as well as illegal appointments of officials, in violation the Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic and international obligations of the Kyrgyz Republic.

We ask urgently to begin national consultations within the OSCE Human Dimension under the auspices of the OSCE Office in Bishkek. To organize all procedures of post-election transition together with the key Committees of the KR Parliament, invite all political parties, CSO, mass media and National Centre against torture within the framework of the constitutional field and international commitments as a member of the UN and OSCE, ensuring democracy and respect for human rights and freedoms in the KR.

Understanding the situation with vulnerable groups before the winter period and the danger of the second wave of pandemic in KR, we recommend, , to invite for discussion the issues of prevention of risks and disasters in the country before the winter cold, poverty and lack of access of citizens, especially in the regions to decent food and medical care of the UN agencies in KR, guided by Articles 16 and 17 of Sustainable Development Goals.

We also recommend to lead the calls of key UN leaders to reduce the number of prisoners in closed institutions of the Kyrgyz Republic to prevent pandemics in closed institutions, to prevent deaths of prisoners in closed institutions, as it happened with human rights defender Azymjan Askarov.

We are confident that in forming the new government in Kyrgyzstan all political forces of the country will be guided by the third basket of the OSCE Human Dimension, ensuring the universality of rights and freedoms of the country's citizens, also by Article 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals to ensure gender equality and gender equity for sustainable development and to reduce inequality of citizens in access to policies and resources, expanding the inclusive participation of women and youth in decision-making at all levels of government to prevent risks and disasters.

We express solidarity and support to the citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic and all democratic political forces that respect human dignity, rights and freedoms of citizens.

With respect,

Heidi Meinzolt, Coordinator of the Working Group on Women and Gender Realities in the OSCE Region,

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (Germany)

Gulnara Shahinian member of the group, former UN Special Rapporteur on slavery Democracy Today Armenia

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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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