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HRW: Kyrgyzstan fails to respect international obligations

Kyrgyzstan’s international partners — the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the European Union, which is currently considering upgrading relations with Kyrgyzstan — should take serious note of Kyrgyzstan’s abject failure to respect their international obligations to protect Tungishbaev and uphold his rights. Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

Extraditing an activist to risk of torture, keeping a human rights defender locked up for life, banning rights defenders and journalists from Kyrgyzstan, restricting media freedoms, bride kidnapping, domestic violence — these and other rights abuses persist in the face of Kyrgyzstan leadership’s claims to «create a state where human rights are respected, on democratic principles,» the organization stressed.

In the opinion of HRW, Tungishbaev’s extradition is a stark reminder just how much work there is still to do to ensure basic rights protections for people in Kyrgyzstan.

Recall, the employees of the State Committee for National Security on June 26 handed over the Kazakhstani activist and blogger Murat Tungishbaev to the authorities of Kazakhstan following the decision of the Oktyabrsky District Court.

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