Kyrgyz Ombudsman, Tursunbai Bakir-Uulu said that followers of illegal Muslim party, Khizb-ut-Takhrir, should not be persecuted by the Kyrgyz authorities because the party has not carried out anything against the law. Bakir-Uulu emphasized that everybody is equal for the state in accordance with the law. The state should not persecute one, while ignoring other people with the same ideas. For instance, Communists and Socialists have a dream in changing the society, and they are acting freely in Kyrgyzstan and enjoying the parliamentarian activities, while the underground Muslim party is being persecuted for its ideas on changing the society, Bakir-Uulu said. Kyrgyz government together with the muftiyat (official body of the Kyrgyz Muslims) are continuing their common efforts in struggling with the underground propaganda of the Khizbu-t-Takhrir. The party aims to establish a Central Asian Muslim country based on the sharia (Muslim law) with peaceful means.
RFE/RL Kyrgyz News, March 01, 2003