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Barely a week passed after Kyrgyzstan triumphantly declared it had struck a deal with an international company willing to take up one of its ambitious hydropower projects for the agreement to begin looking highly suspect. The first alarms were rung...
In a sign of the growing political chill descending over Kyrgyzstan, authorities there have barred celebrated Russian rights activist Vitaliy Ponomarev from entering the country. The door was shut in Ponomarev’s face in what is now becoming a...
In a blow against press freedom in Kyrgyzstan, a court has found in favor of the prosecutor’s office in a libel suit against a newspaper and a prominent rights activist. The court in Bishkek on June 30 ruled to find Zanoza.kg news website guilty on...
When it came time to discuss the rights of women and girls in Kyrgyzstan’s parliament on June 22, the male members of the house decided they had somewhere better to be and took off. Discussions were organized as an opportunity for lawmakers to...
Security services in Kyrgyzstan have initiated a criminal case for “inciting ethnic hatred” against a journalist who reported on the spread of online xenophobia. On June 10, one day after that decision was announced, a court in the capital, Bishkek...
A lawmaker in Kyrgyzstan has devised a new threat for journalists whose writing is not the public’s liking — stripping them of their citizenship. The response was heard in parliament on June 1 in response to Ulugbek Babakulov’s recent report on...
Kyrgyzstan’s General Prosecutor on May 31 suspended its libel lawsuit against RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz service, Radio Azattyk, two weeks after a request to do so issued by President Almazbek Atambayev. Atambayev is not by rights entitled to order prosecutors...
Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan have passed legislation that will greatly limit the rights of independent monitors at the upcoming presidential election in October. The rules will limit international and local nongovernmental organizations to just one...
In a partial change of heart, Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev has advised his top prosecutor to withdraw a libel lawsuit against RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz service, Radio Azattyk. Atambayev issued his instructions on May 12, six weeks after he met in...
A lawyer in Kyrgyzstan is mounting a legal appeal with the Constitutional Chamber that she hopes could quash punitive libel lawsuits recently filed on behalf of President Almazbek Atambayev. Klara Sooronkulova has argued that a law regulating the...