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Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan): U.N. Commissioner Urges Respect for Defendants’ Rights

(Dec. 28, 2011) On December 22, 2011, Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (HCHR), expressed the concern that judges in Kyrgyzstan failed to ensure respect for the rights of defendants. She made the remarks following the December 21, 2011, affirmation by the Kyrgyz Supreme Court of the sentence of human rights defender […]

Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan): Animal Sacrifice for Improvement of Legislative Work

(May 3, 2011) On April 21, 2011, before the beginning of the plenary session, all 120 members of the Kyrgyz Parliament (Zhogorku Kinesh) conducted a sacrificial killing of seven lambs. This religious act conducted in the hall of the legislature was aimed at removing evil spirits from the parliament building, according to the Parliament's Speaker. […]

Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan): Law on Public Demonstrations Approved

(July 2, 2008) On June 12, 2008, the Kyrgyz Law on Peaceful Public Gatherings was amended with a provision that defines the procedure for applying to local authorities for permits to hold a public rally. According to the amendment, rally organizers should submit their notification to the local authorities 12 days in advance. The local […]

Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan): Weapons for Members of Parliament

(Mar. 2, 2008) On January 23, 2008, the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan adopted amendments to the nation's Law on Weapons that provide for issuance of service weapons to the members of the Kyrgyz Parliament and that regulate the related procedures. The passage of these amendments was considered justified by a series of premeditated killings of Kyrgyz […]

Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan): Cell Phone Ban in Parliament

(Feb. 2, 2008) The members of the Dzhogorku Kenesh, the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan, will be forbidden to use cell phones during legislative sessions under an amendment to the rules of procedure. A majority of the members voted for the new provision on January 24, 2008. In addition, the members approved a rule under which they […]

Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan): Constitutional Amendments Passed on Election System

(Dec. 2, 2007) On October 21, 2007, a national referendum was held in Kyrgyzstan to adopt constitutional amendments designed, according to President Bakiev, to "resolve problems of tribalism, gender inequality, and under-representation of ethnic minorities." These amendments establish a new proportional electoral system, under which the parliament will be formed by political parties nominating nation-wide […]