Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan: Journalists and media face threats, attacks as ex-president is arrested

This update covers developments concerning freedom of association, peaceful assembly and expression in Kyrgyzstan from the beginning of July to the beginning of October 2019. The International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and the Legal Prosperity Foundation (LPF) have prepared the update within the framework of their cooperation with the CIVICUS Monitor. Read more

 Kyrgyzstan: Journalists and media face threats, attacks as ex-president is arrested

Lawsuits, attacks and harassment used against journalists, activists and human rights defenders

This update covers events from 1st April 2019 to 30th June 2019 and was prepared by Legal Prosperity Foundation Kyrgyzstan and International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR). During this period several attacks against human rights defenders were documented and are explained in more detail bellow. Read more

Lawsuits, attacks and harassment used against journalists, activists and human rights defenders

Some positive civic space developments, but more to be done to keep promises

As reported previously on the Monitor, the Kyrgyzstani authorities committed to improve the human rights situation in the country. Read more

Some positive civic space developments, but more to be done to keep promises

Ongoing surveillance of NGO workers despite Presidential assurances on human rights

Due to recent events, it appears that civil society continues to be closely monitored and under surveillance. On 7th September 2018, during a funeral gathering in a café organised for the husband of human rights defender Rita Karasartova, human rights defenders Gulnara Dzhurabaeva, Dinara Oshurakhunova and Burul Makenbaeva found a recording device under the table where they were sitting. Read more

Ongoing surveillance of NGO workers despite Presidential assurances on human rights

Kyrgyzstan: Follow up on promises

Official statements from President Sooronbay Jeenbekov asserted that his government will continue to guarantee freedom of expression and improve cooperation with civil society. Read more

Kyrgyzstan: Follow up on promises

Positive civic space developments: some activists hopeful, some still wary

There have indeed been some positive developments in this reporting period, including President Jeenbekov’s retraction of defamation claims against the news agency 24.kg and journalist Kabay Karabekov, after a court ordered them to pay several million soms in compensation, as well as President Jeenbekov’s active stance on anti-corruption measures and his emphasis on the need to improve the law enforcement and judicial systems, which, as such, are reportedly responsible for pervasive human rights violations. Read more

Positive civic space developments: some activists hopeful, some still wary

Serious freedom of expression concerns remain under new president

During this period, former President Almazbek Atambayev continued to insist on the execution of court rulings ordering an independent media outlet, its representatives and people quoted by it to pay huge amounts in compensation for coverage deemed defamatory of him. Read more

Serious freedom of expression concerns remain under new president


Freedom of expression restrictions cast a cloud over presidential election

In a preliminary statement of findings, an international election observation mission led by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) concluded that the election was “competitive” and provided for an “orderly transfer of power”, while raising concerns about “cases of misuse of public resources, pressure and vote buying”. Read more

Freedom of expression restrictions cast a cloud over presidential election

Pressure on critical voices mounts ahead of October presidential election

International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and the Legal Prosperity Foundation (LPF) prepared this update on civic space developments in Kazakhstan between June and August 2017. Major developments covered include: punitive fines in defamation lawsuits over articles critical of the president; pressure on journalists, including a journalist charged with inciting inter-ethnic hatred; the banning of a TV-station linked to the opposition for the alleged dissemination of extremist material; continued threats against the family home of human rights defender Azimjan Askarov; and a court decision prohibiting protests at key locations ahead of the 15th October presidential election. Read more

Pressure on critical voices mounts ahead of October presidential election