Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights visits the Kyrgyz Republic

Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights visits the Kyrgyz Republic, 27–29 July 2010 © OHCHROn a two day visit to the Kyrgyz Republic (27–29 July, 2010), Deputy High Commissioner Kyung-wha Kang met with President Roza Otunbaeva, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ruslan Kazakbaev, the Deputy Chief Commandant of Osh Province, the Ombudsman, UN representatives, international partners and local NGOs. Ms. Kang spent time in both the capital Bishkek and also the southern city of Osh, the centre of the recent clashes between ethnic Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbeks.

The violence in June and the subsequent reported human rights violations by security forces in the south have left hundreds dead, many injured and caused thousands to flee their homes. Despite the unrest, the Kyrgyz Government succeeded in holding a constitutional referendum at the end of June and parliamentary elections are planned for October 2010.

In a speech to a high level donors meeting in Bishkek, Ms. Kang highlighted the referendum as “a crucial step towards strengthening the democratic institutional framework and the rule of law in the country”. “We must make human rights principles and standards the basis for social and political stability and security and the key foundations for economic and social recovery”, the Deputy High Commissioner said.

Read the complete text of the Deputy High Commissioner Kang’s speech

5 August 2010