• Kyrgyzstan has failed to adequately address abuses in the south, in particular against ethnic Uzbeks, undermining long-term efforts to promote stability following inter-ethnic clashes in 2010. Despite an uneasy calm, ethnic Uzbeks are still subjected to arbitrary detention, torture, and extortion. Human rights defender Azimjon Askarov remains wrongfully imprisoned. Violence and discrimination against women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons remain serious concerns as do continued restrictions on media freedoms. Although authorities adopted new legislation to help prevent torture, ill-treatment and torture remain pervasive in places of detention, and perpetrators go unpunished.
  • Shortcomings in law enforcement and the judiciary contribute to the persistence of grave abuses in connection to the ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan in June 2010. Ethnic Uzbeks and other minorities remain especially vulnerable. Courtroom attacks on lawyers and defendants, particularly in cases related to the June 2010 events, occur with impunity.



  • Apr 15, 2014
  • Apr 6, 2014
    The Kyrgyz authorities should immediately halt the recent backsliding on human rights and take steps to protect freedom of speech, association, and assembly. On April 8, 2014, Kyrgyzstan’s human rights record will come under scrutiny during the annual EU-Kyrgyzstan human rights dialogue, as well as by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which will decide whether to grant Kyrgyzstan “partnership for democracy” status.
  • Mar 27, 2014

    The sponsors of a discriminatory and stigmatizing draft bill to curtail lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights should withdraw it from Kyrgyzstan’s parliament, Human Rights Watch said today. 

  • Feb 18, 2014
    This document provides an updated overview of Human Rights Watch’s concerns and recommendations on Kyrgyzstan, submitted to the Human Rights Committee in advance of its upcoming review of Kyrgyzstan.
  • Jan 29, 2014
    Police in Kyrgyzstan have extorted, threatened, arbitrarily detained, beaten, and sexually abused gay and bisexual men, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
  • Jan 21, 2014
    Ongoing serious rights abuses by the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan make it essential for the United States and the European Union to consistently and publicly raise human rights concerns and urge specific human rights improvements in 2014, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2014.
  • Dec 5, 2013
    Parliament should reject restrictive draft laws that would endanger freedom of association and expression in Kyrgyzstan. A draft “foreign agents” law would require domestic nongovernmental organizations in Kyrgyzstan that receive foreign funding and engage in vaguely worded “political activities” to register as “foreign agents.”
  • Nov 22, 2013
    Kyrgyz authorities should immediately, thoroughly, and impartially investigate allegations that police illegally detained and ill-treated three people in connection with an armed robbery. Two of the men were hospitalized following alleged treatment amounting to torture. The authorities should also investigate allegations that the police sought to extort money from relatives of two of the men in exchange for their release.
  • Oct 6, 2013
    Russian courts should halt the extraditions of five ethnic Uzbeks to Kyrgyzstan. The men would be at serious risk of torture and ill-treatment if sent back there.
  • Sep 15, 2013
    European Union (EU) leaders should forcefully raise concerns about human rights abuses in Kyrgyzstan during President Almazbek Atambaev’s visit to Brussels on September 17, 2013, and get specific commitments to address them, Human Rights Watch and Front Line Defenders said today.