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вторник, 16 февраля 2010 г.

The outrages of the rapacious Kyrgyz political regime

Throughout autumn of 2009 and winter of 2010 the government of Kyrgyzstan has intensified its attacks on political dissent. Opposition politicians, independent journalists, and human rights activists have become particularly vulnerable targets.
• Kyrgyz journalist Gennady Pavlyuk died in an Almaty, Kazakhstan hospital on December 22, 2009. Nearly a week before, according to police, Pavlyuk was thrown out of a high-rise building in Almaty with his hands and feet bound. Investigations by journalists in Kazakhstan suggest that that was assassination carried out by the secret services of Kyrgyzstan.
• A former senior Kyrgyz Security Council official B. Dzanuzakov has been hospitalized after reportedly being attacked in Bishkek late on December 9, 2009. Allegedly, the attack is connected to his political activity.
• On December 9, 2009, a well-known political analyst A. Knyazev, who has often been critical of Kyrgyzstan government’s foreign policy, was severely beaten and robbed in Bishkek.
• On January 11, 2010, a Kyrgyz military court sentenced a former Defense Minister Ismail Isakov to eight years in prison. Human rights groups state that the lawsuit against Isakov was based on dubious evidence and that its true purpose was to silence a prominent member of the opposition.
• On November 2, 2009, Kyrgyz journalist Kubanychbek Joldoshev was beaten by unknown assailants in Osh to the point that he had to be hospitalized.
• On November 18, 2009, Kyrgyz security officials detained activists Bakhrom Hamroev and Izzatilla Rakhmatillaev in Osh, a city in southern Kyrgyzstan. Human Rights Watch says that that was not the first time Kyrgyz authorities detained activists investigating human rights violations in Kyrgyzstan.
• Human Rights campaigners in Bishkek state that a Tajik human rights activist Bahrieva was not allowed to enter Kyrgyzstan. According to Human Rights Watch: "Kyrgyzstan is increasingly harassing human rights advocates investigating the government's abusive campaign in southern Kyrgyzstan. It's no coincidence that Bakhrieva was denied entry after having been in touch with Nookat lawyers."
• “Kyrgyz President Blamed in Homicide”. This is the title of Clifford J.Levy’s article published in The New York Times on December 22, 2009.
• The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) urged Kyrgyzstan on December 23, 2009, to prevent attacks on journalists after a leading opposition reporter was killed in neighboring Kazakhstan.
• Senator Edward Kaufman of Delaware said he was concerned about a lack of basic freedoms, especially freedom of the press, in much of Central Asia.
• On December 28, 2009, a Kyrgyz court in the town of Balykchi sentenced four opposition activists to four years in jail for participating in a political protest in Balykchi. The government called this peaceful protest an attempt of a coup.
• Kyrgyzstan, the first Central Asian country to impose a moratorium on capital punishment, is now considering bringing it back.
• On January 12, 2010, Freedom House announced that the Kyrgyz government continues to pursue a repressive course, downgrading Kyrgyzstan from a classification of “Partly Free” to “Not Free”.

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