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Youth Human Rights Movement

Representatives of Moscow Helsinki Group and International Youth Human Rights Movement visit Kyrgyzstan

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On August 7-10, Danyil Meshcheryakov, the Moscow Helsinki Group program director, and Andrey Yurov, the Youth Human Rights Honorary President visited Kyrgyzstan.
The main purpose of this visit was the consolidation of contacts with Kyrgyz human rights and civic organizations, getting an overview of the situation in Kyrgyzstan with its massive human rights violations (especially in the Osh region), as well as the discussion with Kyrgyz colleagues about actions to be taken by human rights and civic organizations of other countries to improve the situation in the region.

At the moment, local human rights and civic organizations are not able to resist all the emerging challenges they come across. A serious change of the situation would require a political decision, that may only be taken jointly at an international level.

That is why international attention concerning this situation is so important, and the coverage of the situation at the level of organizations such as the OSCE, UN or the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) seems so necessary.

During the visit, suggestions were made to the Kyrgyz authorities, the authorities of other countries, intergovernmental organizations and international institutions about actions that can be taken to change the situation.

This visit took place under the auspices of a number of international civic networks and coalitions: the Network of civil interaction in Central Asia (Eurasia IDEA Network), the Network of Freedom, Legality and Rights in Europe (FLARE Network), the International Civil Initiative for the OSCE (ICI OSCE), the International Helsinki Association as well as International Youth Human Rights Movement.

We will keep you informed about the situation in Kyrgyzstan with the latest news.

Member of the YHRM Coordinating Council
Anna Dobrovolskaya