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Sooronbai Jeenbekov promises reform of SCNS, but not now

The President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov promised to reform the State Committee for National security, but not now. He stated this today at a meeting with NGO representatives.

Head of the Institute of Public Analysis Rita Karasartova told 24.kg news agency what civil activists discussed with the head of state.

«All the guests took the floor. In total, the meeting took almost four hours. I described my vision of the SCNS reform, noting that the special service should stop engaging in political persecution and fully focus on ensuring security. I also told about arbitrariness in the judicial system, about the fact that the courts actually do not pass acquittals, about mass violations of the norms of the Criminal Procedure Code by judges during the trials. My colleague Nurbek Toktakunov raised the same issue. The representatives of the Media Policy Institute said the same. They were worried, for example, by the Article 299 of the Criminal Code, when a criminal case for inciting ethnic hatred can be opened for comments in social networks or likes,» told Rita Karasartova.

The president promised to pay attention to these problems. He admitted its existence, but said that the reform, in particular of SCNS, would not be held now. Although, it seems to me that this is a top priority.

Rita Karasartova

She added that her opinion and views after the meeting with Sooronbai Jeenbekov about some personnel appointments or decisions did not change much.

«It’s another matter that we do not have evaluation criteria. We do not know why the head of state recommended this or that person as a head of the SCNS or the Prosecutor General’s Office, what these people did specifically in this system and why they took leading posts,» Rita Karasartova said.

The human rights activist stressed that, in general, she was satisfied with the meeting and believed that it passed constructively.

«The president promised us that a dialogue in this format would be held on a permanent basis, but would acquire a thematic character,» Rita Karasartova told.

She believes that after this meeting with Sooronbai Jeenbekov the civil activists have an occasion to demand fulfillment of these promises.