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среда, 23 декабря 2009 г.

OSCE and Kyrgyzstan: marriage of convenience?

OSCE media freedom representative calls on Kyrgyzstan to address 'safety crisis' of free press http://www.osce.org/item/42234.html
http://www.osce.org/documents/pdf_documents/2009/12/42234-1.pdf
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My comments: Since 2003 the OSCE Centre in Bishkek co-operates with the Government of Kyrgyzstan on a police reform programme that "aims to improve the professionalism and operational capacity of the Kyrgyz police force". "Reform is equally justified by the need to reorient the police force to the new public security role it must play in a democratic society—a role that cannot be achieved without improving its human rights record, mending relations with the public and purging corruption at all levels". The OSCE has made efforts. What about the Kyrgyz government? Does it have a political task to establish democratic society? Or improve human rights records? May be it tirelessly purging corruption? Some answers to these questions had been given in OSCE's Final report on the 23 July 2009 presidential election in the Kyrgyz Republic "The 23 July 2009 presidential election in the Kyrgyz Republic failed to meet key OSCE commitments for democratic elections" The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media repeatedly asked the Kyrgyz authorities “to do everything in their power to halt the wave of violent attacks against journalists, which is threatening media pluralism ahead of the presidential elections”. But Kyrgyz authorities did nothing. True electoral democracy is not in their interests. Today Kyrgyzstan is one of the most corrupted countries in the world.The Kyrgyz regime widely uses violence against free press and opposition. Ministry of Interior Affair remains as the most corrupted violent and inefficient body of the government. Hence, it is time to challenge the meaning of this partnership. Lets talk openly about truth.

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