HRW: Free Human Rights Defender, Ensure Fair Retrial

September 15, 2010
Human Rights Watch

A Kyrgyz court on September 15, 2010, sentenced a human rights defender to life in prison for his alleged role in the June violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, following court hearings marred by violence and threats against the defense. Human Rights Watch urged the Kyrgyz government to guarantee a fair and public retrial for the rights defender, Azimjon Askarov, and his co-defendants and to free him pending the retrial. Read more »

In Central Asia, a new headache for U.S. policy

Washington Post
Andrew Higgins

Beset by mounting casualties on the battlefield and deepening disquiet at home over the United States’ longest war, President Obama’s Afghan policy now faces another big headache: the unraveling of central authority in Kyrgyzstan, a Central Asian nation that hosts a U.S. air base critical to the battle against the Taliban.

Just a month after agreeing to extend for a year a $60 million lease on a U.S. air base here, Kyrgyzstan’s generally pro-Western but increasingly impotent president, Roza Otunbayeva, has retreated from U.S.-backed security programs that Washington hoped would help fortify a fragile Kyrgyz government. These include a counterterrorism and anti-narcotics training center and an international police mission. Read more »

An Open Letter to Human Rights Reporters

Dear HRW Reporters,

First of all thank you for writing the report on genocide and atrocities committed in Kyrgyzstan. It is important for international community to stop ignoring the facts and start acting immediately. As Louise Grogan puts it in Financial Times on August 17, 2010:
“In Kyrgyzstan, the Uzbeks of the south are now selling their houses for peanuts and leaving for Russia. The perpetrators of the massacres have not been caught, and indeed may be profiting handsomely in these sales. There are no peacekeepers on the ground, although satellite images of Osh have documented more than 100 “SOS” signs written by a desperate population.”

On page 4 of your report it is mentioned about May tragic events “…in late April and May the two groups locked into a spiral of increasing tensions.”

We found it very abusive not to mention the following fact: Read more »

ICG Report: The Pogroms in Kyrgyzstan

International Crisis Group
August 23, 2010


An explosion of violence, destruction and looting in southern Kyrgyzstan on 11-14 June 2010 killed many hundreds of people, mostly Uzbeks, destroyed over 2000 buildings, mostly homes, and deepened the gulf between the country’s ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks. It was further proof of the near total ineffectiveness of the provisional government that overthrew President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in April 2010, and is now trying to guide the country to general elections in October. Given the government’s slowness to address the causes and consequences of the violence, the danger of another explosion is high. Even without one, the aftershocks of the looting, murder and arson could seriously damage Kyrgyzstan’s ailing economy, cause a significant outflow of ethnic Uzbeks and other minorities, and further destabilise the already fragile situation in Central Asia in general. The route back to stability will be long and difficult, not least because no reliable security or even monitoring force has been deployed in the affected area. It should start with an internationally supported investigation into the pogroms, as visible an international police and diplomatic presence as possible to discourage their recurrence, and close coordination on effective rebuilding of towns and communities. Read more »

KYRGYZSTAN: Call for humane treatment for jailed journalists and respect for press charter

Reporters Without Borders
August 19, 2010

Reporters Without Borders is shocked by the way the authorities are treating Ulugbek Abdusalomov, a newspaper editor based in the southern city of Jalal-Abad who has been held since June’s inter-ethnic violence and who is currently hospitalised with serious cardiac problems. He is being kept handcuffed and under constant police surveillance in the hospital.    Read more »

Kyrgyzstan: Probe Forces’ Role in June Violence

Human Rights Watch
August 16, 2010

Some government forces acted, knowingly or unwittingly, to facilitate attacks on ethnic Uzbek neighborhoods in the violence in southern Kyrgyzstan in June 2010, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Local law enforcement agencies also failed to provide appropriate protection to the Uzbek community, Human Rights Watch said.

The 91-page report “‘Where is the Justice?’: Interethnic Violence in Southern Kyrgyzstan and its Aftermath,”  also said that the government’s investigation into the violence, which left hundreds dead and thousands injured, has been marred with abuses, while new ethnically motivated attacks are taking place in the south. The authorities should thoroughly investigate government forces’ role in the violence and prosecute those responsible, Human Rights Watch said. Read more »

Long-term prospects for Kyrgyzstan are worrying

The Guardian
August 1, 2010

As donors pledge $1.1bn to Kyrgyzstan, and its president promises to use their advice as a road map, it has become clear that the country needs more than international money.

The problems gripping Kyrgyzstan have not gone away. The “7 April events”, as they have become known and inter-ethnic violence in the south were links in the same chain. A change in government deepened regional divisions and alienated many southern Kyrgyz who felt that “their” president Kurmanbek Bakiyev had been unlawfully removed by northern rivals. A taboo on violence was broken. Read more »

Right to Kill: Shocking story of carnage in Kyrgyzstan

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