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.

Freedom in the World 2021

Freedom in the World — Kyrgyzstan Country Report

Kyrgyzstan is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2021, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.

In the high-stakes battle between states and technology companies, the rights of internet users have become the main casualties. Illustration by Mitch Blunt

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.

Ukraine photograph photo auction by anastasiia lukavska

Nations in Transit — Kyrgyzstan Country Report

Categorized as a Consolidated Authoritarian regime, Kyrgyzstan receives a Democracy Percentage of 14 out of 100 in the Nations in Transit 2021 report.