The human rights movement “Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan” announces call for applications for participation in the XV International Festival of Documentary Films on Human Rights “Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan

Май 20.2021

Emerging new risks and disasters, global changes, including armed conflicts, acts of military aggression, social upheavals, demographic shifts, rapid urbanization and migration trends, as well as climate change, are fundamentally 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 been exacerbated by the border armed conflicts in Kyrgyzstan, the high level of violence against vulnerable groups of local communities, such as women, children, people with disabilities, etc.

Human rights movement: Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan in partnership with WLP, Civic Solidarity Platform, FIDH, Forum Asia, GNDR provides a wide opportunity to discuss documentary truth in the field of human rights, at festival venues, attracting documentarians and experts from both local and international communities, with an innovative format "Human rights through Art".

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Human Rights Movement: Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan in 2021, according to the decision of the organizing committee, the XV anniversary IFDF on Human Rights-2021 will be dedicated to the theme: "Human rights in times of risk and disaster".

The application period is from May 20 to August 1, 2021.

To participate, please fill out the attached form:


Should you have any questions, please, contact the organizing committee of Bir Duino Fest – 2021:

258 Sydykova str., Bishkek 720000, Kyrgyz Republic

Tel./fax: (+996 312) 317671, mobile: + 996 (556) 013840



For your information: the International Festival of Documentary Films on Human Rights is a broad

horizontal participation Civil Platform raising the key issues of human rights and freedoms in a changing

world since 2007.


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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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