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[19.12.22] NGOs and International Human Rights Organizations Are For Abolishment of the Death Penalty In Kyrgyzstan

Several NGOs in Kyrgyzstan supported by the Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights and International League for Human Rights, appealed to Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev to completely abolish the death penalty and enshrine this position in the country's Constitution. Among the signatories are the leaders of the Interbilim International NGO Support Centre, Kyrgyz Bureau on Human Rights and Rule of Law, Kyrgyz Committee for Human Rights, Youth Human Rights Group and other NGOs. They praised the Kyrgyz government for the fact that Kyrgyzstan has not executed anyone sentenced to the death since 1998, when President declared a moratorium on executions in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On December 31, 2002 the moratorium will come to an end. At least 160 persons are believed to be currently on death row in the country.

 

RFE/RL Kyrgyz News, December 19, 2002

 

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