To: the Toraga of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic Mr. D.A. Dzhumabekov

Май 19.2020



19 May 2020

To: the Toraga of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic

Mr. D.A. Dzhumabekov

Copy: all the deputies of the JK KR


Dear Dastanbek Artisbekovich,


The Human Rights Movement “Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan” together with the solidarity network calls on deputies of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic to withdraw the draft law of the Kyrgyz Republic “On Amending Some Legislative Acts of the Kyrgyz Republic (Laws of the Kyrgyz Republic “On NonProfit Organizations”, “On State Registration of Legal Entities, Branches (Representative Offices)”)” initiated by the Jogorku Kenesh Committee on Social Issues, Education, Science, Culture and Health.

According to the legal analysis of the provisions of the draft for compliance with the Constitution and international human rights standards, the structural elements of the draft contradict generally recognized principles and norms of international law, as well as constitutional guarantees and the legislative framework of the Kyrgyz Republic.1

Consideration of the draft law on 22 May 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, violates the United Nations Call to Action for Human Rights during the pandemic aiming to put human rights at the forefront of the United Nations activities, including in times of crisis.

The parliamentary hearings initiated by the Committee of the Jogorku Kenesh are planned in violation of the decisions of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic made during the COVID-19 pandemic and the decisions of the Republican Headquarters for the Prevention of the Spread of COVID-19 during the emergency situation and quarantine, which restrict the movement of citizens along the territory of the Republic, as well as in violation of the Sanitary and Epidemiological Requirements to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus Infection (COVID-19).

Due to the impossibility of movement, the parliamentary hearings on 22 May 2020 will be aimed at restricting the constitutional rights of citizens to access information and the opportunity for citizens to participate in the discussion of the proposed draft law, discriminating against activists of CSOs from different regions of the Republic, narrowing the space for equal participation of citizens in the decisionmaking process at all authority levels.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN calls on states to respect and protect, among other rights, the right to freedom of expression and the press, freedom of information, freedom of association and assembly, this is evidenced by the repeated appeals of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic S. Jeenbekov and the Republican Headquarters.

The Secretary-General emphasized that: “The human rights system helps us to meet the challenges, opportunities and needs of the 21st century; to reconstruct relations between people and leaders; and to achieve the global stability, solidarity, pluralism and inclusion on which we all depend. It points to the ways in which we can transform hope into concrete action with real impact on people’s lives. It must never be a pretext for power or politics; it is above both”.

During this crisis period, non-profit organizations demonstrated their mobility, solidarity, transparency, and commitment to the principles of protecting human rights. Cooperating with the state, they provided significant assistance to the most disadvantaged, vulnerable groups of the population, social and closed institutions of Kyrgyzstan. They continue to assist local authorities to enable them to find a decent exit out of the pandemic crisis. We all need to stay together to solve the deeper crises and challenges of the postpandemic period in the country. The civil society organizations have a key role to play in this.

The HRM “Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan” and partners of the solidarity network urge deputies of the Jogorku Kenesh of the Kyrgyz Republic to withdraw the proposed draft law of the KR, which is aimed against the freedom of association in the Kyrgyz Republic, contradicts the international standards and the Constitution of the KR, aims to create artificial barriers, corruption control mechanisms, and bureaucracy.

We are committed to the universal values of human rights and freedoms in the Kyrgyz Republic; we are open to partnership and cooperation with key decision-makers and authorities at all levels to solve socially significant problems in the society.

We are accountable to and controlled by the focus groups that we work with, the society, by publishing annual independent audit findings on social networks, promoting the principles of good governance and high standards of financial management.

We believe that withdrawal of this draft law will restore confidence, and we will develop the parliamentary system in Kyrgyzstan together.


For further information, please, contact the HRM “Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan” via e-mail:, or tel.: + 996 312 665721, + 996 550 184095.


Кыргыз Республикасы, Бишкек ш., 720001, Чүй пр. 207/29А, тел/факс: (+996 312) 66 57 21, e-mail: Кыргызская Республика, 720001, г. Бишкек, пр. Чуй 207/29А, тел/факс: (+996 312) 66 57 21, e-mail: 207/29А Chui Avenue, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, 720001, tel/fax: (+996 312) 66 57 21, e-mail:


Dear friends!

Dear guests of our site!
Public Association “Human Rights Movement:
“Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan” is asking you to provide sponsorship and support in the form of a material donation!


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.”


All rights reserved © 2020

The site is developed: