Kyrgyzstan

5.7 million people
880 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
Partly Free
Press:
Not Free
Partly Free

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Freedom House expresses its deep concern about continued incidents of violence against attorneys representing ethnic Uzbeks on trial for charges related to violence in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, in June 2010.

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Civil Society, Freedom of Association, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law
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Eurasia

On Human Rights Day, Freedom House recognizes the work of human rights defenders in the Eurasia region.

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Human Rights Defense
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Eurasia

Freedom House is deeply troubled by Kyrgyzstan’s proposal to drastically expand the definitions of “treason” and “espionage,” and criminalize “activity directed against the security of the Kyrgyz Republic.” If the draft legislation becomes law, it could be used against anyone producing, storing, or transmitting information that the government believes is harmful. Freedom House calls upon members of the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) to reject the proposed amendments.

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Civil Society, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law
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Eurasia
written by
Lisa Davis
Senior Advisor for International Legal Affairs

Large-scale corruption and economic crimes often go hand in hand with mass human rights abuses in authoritarian countries. The two are mutually reinforcing: Dictators gain and maintain power—and perpetuate impunity—through a combination of violent repression and the distribution of patronage and graft opportunities. The plunder of public wealth serves as both an incentive for retaining power by force, and a means of rewarding those who carry out or cover up regime crimes. Despite this connection, the mechanisms of transitional justice have not adequately dealt with the legacy of authoritarian corruption nor remedied its far-reaching socioeconomic effects.

Experts

Project Director of "Nations in Transit"

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Director for Eurasia Programs


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Signature Reports

Special Reports

Promise and Reversal: The Post-Soviet Landscape Twenty Years On

“Promise and Reversal: The Post-Soviet Landscape Twenty Years On,” marks the 20th anniversary of the failed Soviet coup of August 19, 1991. The retrospective essay examines the changes in the political rights and civil liberties in the former Soviet Union over the last two decades, as well as includes graphs and rankings that illustrate the region's performance in the annual Freedom House publications Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press. The report  concludes that there is a serious and disturbing failure to embrace democratic institutions in most of the post-Soviet region.

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Muzzling the Media: The Return of Censorship in the Commonwealth of Independent States

Only a decade and a half since the end of the Cold War, freedom of the press for millions of people across the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) has come nearly full circle. The media landscape across most of today’s CIS in some aspects differs from that of the Soviet era, but in important ways is imposing a no less repressive news media environment. Gone is all encompassing ideological state media control. Russia – and most of the countries on its periphery – today features modern methods of information control that effectively shuts off the majority of people in these lands from news and information of political consequence.

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Programs

Freedom House enhances the capacity of local civil society groups to rapidly respond to human rights violations, to provide advocates with the skills to defend the right to freedom of assembly, and to equip local groups with the tools to combat gender-based violence and bride-kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan.

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