Person in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Editorial credit: Daniele Aloisi / Shutterstock.com

Kyrgyzstan

After two revolutions that ousted authoritarian presidents in 2005 and 2010, Kyrgyzstan adopted a parliamentary form of government. Governing coalitions have proven unstable, however, and corruption remains pervasive. In recent years, the ruling Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan (SDPK) has sought to consolidate power, using the justice system to suppress political opponents and civil society critics.

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Freedom in the World — Kyrgyzstan Country Report

Kyrgyzstan is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide. 

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Freedom on the Net— Kyrgyzstan Country Report

Kyrgyzstan is rated Partly Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.