A View from the Inside: Life in Kyrgyz Prisons | Freedom House

A View from the Inside: Life in Kyrgyz Prisons

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Please join Freedom House for an evening of film and photographs documenting the prison system in Kyrgyzstan. These images, captured by Freedom House’s local NGO partner Egel, highlight conditions in Kyrgyzstani prisons, words alone would not do justice to some of the injustice suffered. Through the cooperation and support of the State Service for Execution and Punishment (GSIN), the OSCE Center in Bishkek, the United States Agency for International Development, and the GSIN Public Oversight Council, photographer Eric Gourlan spent over a month in juvenile, women’s and men’s prisons. The time spent in the prisons allowed for unparalleled trust, access, and acceptance with the inmates and guards for an unprecedented look inside prisons. The productions will be viewed in the context of a panel discussion focusing on human rights in Kyrgyzstan since 2010, and how Freedom House with its local civil society partners is facing the challenges and opportunities ahead as Kyrgyzstan struggles to become a viable democracy in a tough neighborhood of dictators. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

To RSVP for this event, please visit the following page: A View from the Inside: Life in Kyrgyz Prisons


Dr. Sean Roberts joined the Elliott School in 2008 as the Director of the International Development Studies program. Professor Roberts is a cultural anthropologist with extensive applied experience in international development work. In 1998-2000 and 2002-2006, he worked at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Central Asia on democracy programs, designing and managing projects in civil society development, political party assistance, community development, independent media strengthening, and elections assistance.

Susan Corke is director for Eurasia programs at Freedom House.  Ms. Corke is a skilled practitioner in supporting human rights and democratic reform in Europe and Eurasia. Before joining Freedom House, she spent seven years at the State Department, the first two as a Presidential Management Fellow and most recently as the Deputy Director for European Affairs in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL), where she worked to promote human rights and democratic reform in some of the most repressive countries in the region.

Sardar Bagishbekov is an executive director of Kyrgyzstani human rights NGO “Golos Svobody” (Voice of Freedom).  The areas of the organization’s activities are to protect a person from torture, illegal detentions, to monitor of police detention and pretrial detention facilities, promote rights of margin groups on national and international levels. The organization’s activities are highlighted on the website www.vof.kg.


Eric Gourlan is a professional, French photographer. Born in 1968, he has taught photography and worked around the world and extensively in the Former Soviet Union on a 17-month road expedition.


Photo Credit: Eric Gourlan

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