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Activity 10 - Review of the Kyrgyz Republic at the UPR

Universal Period Review Working Group

The project team participated in the review of the Kyrgyz Republic at the 21st session of the Universal Period Review Working Group of the UN Human Rights Council. It was the second examination of Kyrgyzstan’s human rights record by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group and took place in Geneva on January 19, 2015.

Among the issues addressed in the review were: torture and ill-treatment and the impunity of torture perpetrators; the draft law on 'formation of positive attitude to non-traditional sexual relations' and the lack of comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation, the so-called “Foreign Agents” draft law which would decisively restrict the work of civil society organisations; concerns about the independence of the Judiciary; violations of the right to a fair trial; unsafe environment for journalists and human rights defenders; violence against women, including domestic violence and forced marriage and bride-kidnapping.

The delegation of Kyrgyzstan was headed by Mr. Abdyrakhman Mamataliev, the Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, and the Chair of the Coordination Council on Human Rights under the Government. The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Kyrgyzstan were Montenegro, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.

The three reports serving as the basis for the review of Kyrgyzstan can be found here.

Joint Report by the LGBTI organisations Kyrgyz Indigo and Pathfinder can be found in the attachment.