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[06.03.23] Council of Democratic Security Created in Kyrgyzstan

Council of Democratic Security has been created in Kyrgyzstan. The functions of this institute include development of the Democratic Code - a code of life for the current Kyrgyz democratic society and individual. President Askar Akaev signed the decree on establishment of the Democratic Security Council on March 4, 2003, thus confirming Kyrgyzstan's commitment to the democratic principles. Also, creation of the institute will become the mean in realization of the national idea to make Kyrgyzstan a country of human rights. The President appointed Mirrahimov, director of the National Cardiology Center, to chair the council, while the President named other members of the council. Among those, co-chairing the council are First Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Justice Osmonov and Judge of the Constitutional Court Togoibaeva Citizens of Kyrgyzstan cannot trust the new invention of the President because every new presidential invention of the kind dramatically deteriorates the situation with human rights in the country. Just like in 2001, after the President speech on improving human rights situation, leader of Ar-Namys Party, Feliks Kulov, was arrested and tried. The same year, Moya Stolitsa and Respublica were not published for a long timeTwo days after President Akaev signed the program on human rights in 2002, parliamentarian Beknazarov was arrested. It went as far as massacre of civilians by the police in March 2002. To cover up these repressions, President Akaev announced Kyrgyzstan the "human rights country" in May 2002. However, even after that repressions continued In September 2002 authorities confiscated the food supplies and transportation of the marchers in order to stop the demonstrations. More than 100 people were forcefully deported from Bishkek to the southern district in November 2002. After authorities held a referendum, which cast doubts on the fairness and openness of the process, human rights situation did not improve. Rather, to this day the opposition is not allowed to hold peaceful demonstrations. The director of the Coalition NGO for Democracy and Civil Society was arbitrarily arrested recently. Human rights activists and relatives of the opposition figures are harassed. Therefore many people are concerned that the President's new decree on creation of the Democratic Security Council will incur negative consequences. The word "security" is frightening, because repressions increase under this pretext.
 
By Ramazan Dyryldaev, Eurasianet, March 06, 2003

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