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Kyrgyzstan: A Hat May Become a National Symbol

(Feb. 22, 2018) On January 8, 2018, Kyrgyzstan’s Parliament, the Zhogorku Kenesha, registered and opened for public discussion the recently introduced Bill on Recognizing the Traditional Headgear Ak kalpak as a Cultural Symbol. (Bill No. 6-220/18 of January 5, 2018, on Recognizing the Traditional Headgear Ak kalpak as a Cultural Symbol, KENESH.KG (Parliament’s website) (Jan. […]

Kyrgyzstan: Court Denies Ballot Petition of Opposition Leader

(Sept. 12, 2017) On August 31, 2017, the Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan upheld a lower court’s rejection of a petition to list opposition leader Omurbek Tekebaev on the presidential election ballot this October. (Elizabeth Lowman, Kyrgyzstan Supreme Court Rejects Petition to Put Imprisoned Opposition Leader on Ballot, PAPER CHASE (Aug. 31, 2017).)  Although a petition […]

Georgia, Kyrgyzstan: Marriages of Minors Prohibited

(May 9, 2017) As of January 1, 2017, article 15073 of the Civil Code of Georgia, which had temporarily allowed marriages of minors, became obsolete.  (Law No. 4646 of December 16, 2016 on Amending the Civil Code of Georgia, MATSNE.GOV.GE (official publication) (in Georgian).)  The article was a transitory provision that had remained in effect […]

Kyrgyzstan: Parliament Approves Bill Abolishing Military Courts

(Mar. 23, 2017) On December 27, 2016, the President of Kyrgyzstan signed into law amendments to the Constitutional Law on the Status of Judges of the Kyrgyz Republic that had been adopted by the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic. (Optimization of Spending: Military Courts Are Terminated in Kyrgyzstan, SPUTNIK-TJ.COM,  (Dec. 27, 2016) (in Russian); Law […]

Kyrgyzstan: Reproductive Rights Now Specified by Law

(Nov. 17, 2015) On July 4, 2015, the President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, signed the Law on Reproductive Rights of Kyrgyz Republic Citizens. (Law of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan No. 148 on Reproductive Rights of Kyrgyz Republic Citizens (Law No. 148) (July 4, 2015), Ministry of Justice of Kyrgyz Republic website (in Russian).) This Law […]

Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan): Mandatory Video Surveillance Introduced in Public Places

(Aug. 3, 2015) On May 18, 2015, the President of Kyrgyzstan signed into law the Outdoor Video Surveillance Act (Law No. 103 (May 18, 2015), Ministry of Justice website (in Russian)). The Act obligates the municipal authorities of the two largest Kyrgyz cities, Bishkek and Osh, and businesses registered in these jurisdictions to install video […]

Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan): Proposed Amendment to Media Law

(Feb. 4, 2015) According to a January 30, 2015, report, Kyrgyzstan is considering amendments to its media legislation that would strengthen the ability of the government to take steps against media outlets. The news came in a statement by Emir Zulpuev, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice. The amendments would allow the government to […]

Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan): Human Rights Office Critical of Draft LGBT Law

(Oct. 28, 2014) On October 24, 2014, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called for the abandonment of a draft law being considered by the Kyrgyz Parliament because, the U.N. body asserts, it would discriminate against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered communities. Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson […]

Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan): Increased Punishment for Involvement in Prostitution Proposed

(Apr. 15, 2014) On March 27, 2014, the legislature of Kyrgyzstan initiated amendments to the country’s Criminal Code that provide for increased punishments for crimes associated with involving other persons in prostitution. (Punishment for Involvement in Prostitution Will Be Increased in Kyrgyzstan [in Russian], LENTA.RU (Mar. 27, 2014).) If the amendments are passed, the crime […]

Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan): Implementation of Jury Trials Postponed

(July 16, 2012) Kyrgyzstan will soon become another former Soviet republic in which courts with jurors will be introduced, based on an amendment to the Law on Jurors in Kyrgyz Courts adopted by the national legislature, the Zhogorku Kenesh, on May 30, 2012. (Bill on Amendments to the Law on Jurors in Kyrgyz Courts Is […]