January 29, 2014


This report was researched by Anna Kirey, researcher in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. The interviews were conducted by Anna Kirey and Mihra Rittmann, Central Asia researcher in the Europe and Central Asia Division. LGBT groups Labrys, Kyrgyz Indigo, initiative group Mozaika of the Anti-AIDS Association, Gender Vector, and Pathfinder provided regular assistance.

This report was edited by Jane Buchanan, associate director in the Europe and Central Asia Division and Graeme Reid, director of the LGBT Rights Program. The report was also reviewed by Mihra Rittmann, Central Asia researcher; Veronika Szente Goldston, advocacy director for the Europe and Central Asia Division; Alice Farmer, researcher in the Children’s Rights Division; Benjamin Ward, acting senior legal adviser; and Tom Porteous, deputy program director.  Danielle Haas reviewed an early draft of the report. Adam Frankel, associate for the LGBT Rights Program, Kaitlin Martin, associate for the Europe and Central Asia Division, and George Kobakhidze, intern for the Europe and Central Asia division, provided invaluable assistance in proofreading and formatting the report. Allison Gill helped in preparing the report for its release. The report was translated into Russian by Igor Gerbich and partially translated into Kyrgyz by Syinat Sultanalieva and into Uzbek by Umida Niyazova.

Production assistance was provided by Adam Frankel, Kaitlin Martin, Jessie Graham, Grace Choi, Kathy Mills, and Fitzroy Hepkins.

Sardar Bagyshbekov and Asel Koilubayeva from the NGO Voice of Freedom, which works on issues of torture in Kyrgyzstan, provided invaluable support in understanding the legal complexities of Kyrgyzstan’s criminal and administrative codes. Natalia Shumskaya from AIDS Foundation East-West, Rachel Thomas, Olga Rychkova, Leo Beletsky, and Sanjay Patil from Open Society Foundations, and Erica Marat, a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, provided assistance and advice in understanding police reform efforts in Kyrgyzstan. Timur Shaikhutdinov, Olga Korzhova, Aleksandra Cherkasenko, Akram Kubanychbekov, Dmitry Kabak, and Ulugbek Azimov provided additional assistance in understanding police reform processes and legal frameworks.

Many individuals in Kyrgyzstan played a valuable role in providing guidance for this research. This includes independent consultant Dahn Pak, Daniyar Orsekov of Kyrgyz Indigo, Danik Kasmamytov of Bishkek Feminist Collective SQ, Aiman, Aziz, Alisher,  Veronika Yuryeva, Kristina Mahnicheva, and Nazik Abylgazieva of Labrys. We are deeply grateful to all the survivors of police abuse who shared their stories with us.