Chairman of the Erkindik Party and President of the Human Rights Institute Topchubek Turgunaliev informed RFE/RL on 2 July that the coordination committee of democratic forces prepares to hold the second public congress on 17 July. It would mark the three months to the bloody events in Aksy. The first congress was held on 17 April. Organizers of the congress asked organizers of the forum of civil leaders, to be held on 13 July, to join the events, but Tolekan Ismailova, head of the working group of the forum, told RFE/RL correspondent on 2 July that the forum would not be postponed.
RFE/RL Kyrgyz News, July 2, 2002