AKIPRESS.COM - On March 11, the U.S. Department of State released the 2019 Kyrgyz Republic Human Rights Report. This year the report highlights ongoing achievements of the Kyrgyz Republic as a leader in human rights in the region, while also recognizing worsening trends in freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.
This year’s report recognizes the strides made on human rights related issues in the Kyrgyz Republic, including:
• The impressive efforts of civil society and the government to address the issue of statelessness in the Kyrgyz Republic, which has resulted in the registration of all formerly stateless persons in the country, including the issuance of identity documents; and
• The ongoing efforts of civil society and the government to combat the use of torture, including improved access to prisons and jails by monitoring organizations.
While these are welcome developments, the report also highlights areas of concern, including:
• Significant restrictions on the freedom of speech and assembly, including bans of peaceful demonstrations, the arrests of prominent figures on social media, and the investigation of the organizers of peaceful demonstrations by the security services;
• Despite the improved environment for media, ongoing threats against the freedom of the press in the Kyrgyz Republic, including spurious lawsuits, closure of media companies by the government, and threats of violence directed at journalists.
U.S. Department of State Human Rights Reports document the status of human rights and worker rights in nearly 200 countries and territories. The reports are required by U.S. law and are used by a variety of actors, including the U.S. Congress, the Executive branch, and the Judicial branch as a factual resource for decision making in matters ranging from assistance to asylum.
The State Department compiles these reports as a tool to assist other governments and civil society as they reflect on the human rights situation in their respective countries, reinforcing the importance of promoting individual rights and freedoms.