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[17.06.23] Kyrgyz Ombudsmans Office Running Out of Funds

Kyrgyz Ombudsman Tursunbai Bakir-uulu told a press conference in Bishkek on 16 June that his office might have to close down because of lack of funding, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service and khabar.kz reported. Four million soms (about $95,000) for the ombudsman's office were included in the 2003 national budget, Bakir-uulu said, but parliament has neglected to confirm the expenditures for his office and the matter is not even on the parliamentary agenda. He said his appeals to the government have been fruitless, and at the end of this month his office will be out of funds. Bakir-uulu said that a total of 22 million soms are needed this year to set up the office, which was officially opened on 31 January. He added that most of the equipment in the ombudsman's office was purchased with money contributed by international organizations. So far, the office has received about 800 complaints from citizens, he said, most of which concern the law enforcement agencies.
June 17, 2003

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