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Human Rights Watch: Long-term human rights concerns persist in Kyrgyzstan

Long-term human rights concerns persisted in the first year of Sooronbai Jeenbekov’s presidency, even as blatant attacks on media freedoms became less frequent, and the president appeared to seek more constructive engagement with civil society. Annual report of the international human rights organization Human Rights Watch about the human rights situation in more than 90 countries of the world in 2018 says.

As the organization stresses, "violence against women, including bride-kidnapping, and impunity for torture persisted in the country. Kyrgyzstan has not released the wrongfully imprisoned human rights defender Azimzhan Askarov.

As authorities have stepped up counter-extremism measures, criminalizing possession of extremist materials, the overbroad definition of extremism, and breaches of due-process have led to human rights violations.

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Eight years after the June 2010 interethnic violence, victims continued to wait for justice. Authorities did not review torture-tainted convictions delivered in the aftermath of the June 2010 events.

Impunity for widespread domestic violence persists, despite a 2017 domestic violence law that mandates police and judicial response to domestic violence and guarantees greater legal protections for victims.

According to human rights activists, impunity for ill-treatment and torture remains the norm in Kyrgyzstan, with criminal cases into allegations of ill-treatment or torture rare, and investigations and trials delayed or ineffective.