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Kyrgyz human rights defenders outline pain points in observance of human rights

All presidents of Kyrgyzstan claimed love for civil society, and then human rights activists were labeled as «foreign agents.» The head of the human rights center Bir Duino — Kyrgyzstan Tolekan Ismailova said this at the International Conference in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

According to her, Kyrgyzstan should follow the tenets of the UN document not declaratively. There can be no discrimination either on the basis of nationality or on any other basis in Kyrgyzstan.

Tolekan Ismailova complained that President Sooronbai Jeenbekov had left after opening speech. Ombudsman Tokon Mamytov explained that the head of state had many events to attend.

Following Tolekan Ismailova, an expert on gender issues Anara Niyazova made a speech. She reproached the authorities of Kyrgyzstan for the absence of a balanced gender policy and cited as an example the Parliament, where the gender quota was observed only on paper and acted only when forming party lists, and then women were squeezed out of them.

Human rights activists stressed that the value system in Kyrgyzstan did not focus on gender equality and the protection of women’s rights, and this was fraught with negative consequences.