• 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.
  • Kyrgyzstan’s parliamentary Committee on Law, Order and Fighting Crime approved a blatantly discriminatory anti-gay “propaganda” bill on February 17, 2015. Kyrgyzstan’s parliament should resolutely reject the bill when it goes to a vote.

Reports

Kyrgyzstan

  • May 21, 2015
    Kyrgyzstan’s parliament should resolutely reject a “foreign agents” bill when it goes to a first reading, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 19, 2015, the parliamentary human rights committee voted to send the bill to parliament for consideration, and the first reading could be as early as this week.
  • Mar 31, 2015
    Kyrgyzstan’s National Security Agency (GKNB) on March 27, 2015, searched the Osh office of Bir Duino, a well-known human rights organization and the homes of two of its lawyers. The group is well known for its work on religious extremism and torture cases in southern Kyrgyzstan.
  • Mar 26, 2015
    EU leaders should encourage president to drop anti-gay laws and free political prisoners ahead of key meeting in Brussels.
  • Mar 22, 2015
    Leaders of the European Union, France, Germany, and Switzerland should raise pressing human rights concerns and seek commitments to address them from Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambaev. The Kyrgyzstan leader is visiting Brussels and European capitals from March 22 to April 1, 2015.
  • Mar 5, 2015
    Kyrgyzstan’s parliamentary Committee on Law, Order and Fighting Crime approved a blatantly discriminatory anti-gay “propaganda” bill on February 17, 2015. Kyrgyzstan’s parliament should resolutely reject the bill when it goes to a vote.
  • Mar 2, 2015
    Human Rights Watch is concerned that far from protecting family values, the bill, if adopted, will lead to a situation in which people in Kyrgyzstan will be unable to access information they need to protect their health; that human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers, doctors, HIV/AIDS prevention workers and others involved in issues related to sexual health, as well as sexual orientation and gender identity, will be prevented from publicly addressing these topics; and that cases of violence against LGBT people, which are already underreported and rarely investigated in Kyrgyzstan, would be concealed even more.
  • Jan 29, 2015
    Central Asia’s already poor human rights record deteriorated further in 2014, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. The governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan failed to uphold and in some cases further undermined their core human rights commitments.
  • Jan 16, 2015
    We write in advance of the 60th Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and its review of Kyrgyzstan to highlight areas of concern regarding the government of Kyrgyzstan’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). This submission addresses Articles 2, 3, and 5 of the Convention, with reference to Article 15.
  • Dec 18, 2014
  • Oct 20, 2014
    We write in advance of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights pre-sessional review of Kyrgyzstan to highlight expropriation of property in the southern city of Osh as a particular area of concern we hope to see the Committee take up as part of its examination of the Kyrgyz government’s implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.