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[12.12.2OO2] Working group to meet over freedom of assembly

The working group on creating popular support for the freedom of assembly will hold its first meeting on Dec. 18. The group was created at the round table discussion on Dec. 10. Lawmakers, the Ombudsman of Kyrgyzstan, human rights activists, officials from city, local administrations and Interior ministry, and representatives of foreign and international organizations participated at the discussion initiated by the Coalition for Democracy and Civil Society.
The speakers accused the government of Kyrgyzstan of limiting the right of citizens to hold meetings and participate in demonstrations. They harshly criticized the recent moves by the Bishkek and Osh City Councils recommending municipal authorities to ban protest gatherings for three month. Lawmaker Omurbek Tekebayev called for ammending the Law on Rallies and Meetings, which was adopted last summer. Tekebayev is one of its authors.

RFE/RL Kyrgyz News, December 12, 2002

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