Kyrgyzstan

5.7 million people
880 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
Partly Free
Press:
Not Free
Partly Free

News & Updates

Freedom House is deeply disappointed by Kyrgyzstan’s Supreme Court’s decision to deny human rights activist Azimjan Askarov a new trial even though he was unlawfully detained and tortured.

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Freedom of Association, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law
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Eurasia

Freedom House is pleased to welcome Askat Dukenbaev as the Project Director for a new 3-year human rights program in Kyrgyzstan to promote access to justice, protection of vulnerable populations, and policy reform. The “Strengthening Human Rights in Kyrgyzstan” project aims to reinvigorate civil society and increase the government’s political will to adhere to its human rights commitments. Through human rights schools, support for key human rights initiatives, rapid response grants, policy forums, and advocacy, Freedom House will strive to ensure that human rights are respected by educating the public and enabling civil society to engage with the government of Kyrgyzstan to secure respect and protection for human rights

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Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law
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Eurasia

Freedom House is participating in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (OSCE-HDIM), an annual conference for reviewing the human rights commitments of the OSCE's 57 Participating States. Freedom House and its partner organizations will make interventions on topics relating to fundamental freedoms.

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Civil Society, Democratic Governance, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Intergovernmental Bodies, LGBTI Rights, Rule of Law
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Eurasia

Freedom House deplores the provocative attempt to disrupt a screening of a fim about human rights defender Azimjan Askarov, and calls on the government of Kyrgyzstan and the international community to condemn attempts at stifling free speech through violence.

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Civil Society, Freedom of Association, Human Rights Defense, Rule of Law
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Eurasia

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Signature Reports

Special Reports

Promise and Reversal: The Post-Soviet Landscape Twenty Years On

“Promise and Reversal: The Post-Soviet Landscape Twenty Years On,” marks the 20th anniversary of the failed Soviet coup of August 19, 1991. The retrospective essay examines the changes in the political rights and civil liberties in the former Soviet Union over the last two decades, as well as includes graphs and rankings that illustrate the region's performance in the annual Freedom House publications Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press. The report  concludes that there is a serious and disturbing failure to embrace democratic institutions in most of the post-Soviet region.

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Muzzling the Media: The Return of Censorship in the Commonwealth of Independent States

Only a decade and a half since the end of the Cold War, freedom of the press for millions of people across the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) has come nearly full circle. The media landscape across most of today’s CIS in some aspects differs from that of the Soviet era, but in important ways is imposing a no less repressive news media environment. Gone is all encompassing ideological state media control. Russia – and most of the countries on its periphery – today features modern methods of information control that effectively shuts off the majority of people in these lands from news and information of political consequence.

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Programs

Freedom House enhances the capacity of local civil society groups to rapidly respond to human rights violations, to provide advocates with the skills to defend the right to freedom of assembly, and to equip local groups with the tools to combat gender-based violence and bride-kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan.

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