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[21.05.23] Members of parliament addressed the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Explanation

On Sunday the Kyrgyz Parliament started investigating the reasons of arrest of several human rights activists and 20 women who arrived to Bishkek from Aksy region on Saturday. Members of parliament addressed the Ministry of Internal Affairs for explanation. The press secretary of department Zholdoshbek Buzurmankulov told that Aksy residents were not arrested, but delivered to Pervomayskiy police department for finding out their personalities.
 
According to Buzurmankulov, there is a link between these women's arrival in Bishkek and a recent attack on police stations in Dzhalal Abad.
 
Meanwhile the leader of communist Party of Kyrgyzstan, Klara Azhibekova, who participated in the protest with Aksy women, has denied this information. She says the participants warned authorities earlier of their intention to carry out such an action in Bishkek if the true guilty of killing peaceful demonstrators in Aksy region of March 2002 are not found. According to words of Azhibekova, women gathered before the building of Supreme Council and behaved peacefully. However, militia arrived in ten minutes and roughly jostled participants of the action into bus and delivered them to police department.
 
Azhibekova told, that some women were beaten and one of them was hospitalized in the city. According to the leader of communist Party, the arrested people were kept all the day in police department. Then court hearings took place over Azhibekova and other participants of the picket: human rights activists Topchubek Turgunaliev, Abdrasul ZHanuzakov and Feliks Kulov's sister, Zhumagul Kulova. They were accused of infringing a public order. The court fined them.
 
KCHR Comments:
 
 
The Ministry of Internal Affairs seemingly arranged provocation against Aksys, which looks mostly as a revenge for their requirement of punishing the guilty in Aksy events.
 
What can the helpless Parliament do in case of lawlessness? Nothing.
 
When the Parliament distrusted the government in 1993, Akaev started cutting Parliament's power.
 
So, to make the Parliament powerless Akaev held three referendums, results of which were achieved by falsification. Finally the Parliament became deprived of its power as a result of the last referendum of February 2, 2003 when the new constitution was adopted. After February 2, the Deputies do not have rights to leave the district on their own without permission. Whether to give permission or not is decided by the majority who are usually Akaev's supporters. Those supporters also come to Parliament through various falsifications and machinations. For example the Court, in removing the oppositionist from elective process in regime supporter's favor, is completely dependent on the nature of regime. In so doing, the Parliament is formed in Kyrgyzstan, and courts are appointed exclusively on the basis of their loyalty to nature and personally to Akaev. If someone from the judges tries to follow the law in favor of oppositionist, then such kind of judge totally loses his job as happened with Ashimbek uulu Nurlan, who justified Kulov in 2000. This means someone stay without a piece of bread since judges are compelled to earn for life on taking bribes. KCHR called several times international community's attention to Ashimbek uulu Nurlan's case when he was compelled to leave his office. Though no one had the right to compel and transfer him for 7 years according to the constitution.
 
In such situation the parliament cannot enforce authorities to restore the violated rights of citizens. This means that there is no opportunity to achieve justice to victims of Aksy events, and the only hope is laid on international communities, which is also deceived by Akaev's empty promises.
 
"Deutche Welle", May 21, 2003

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