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February 8-14, 2015

Media Monitoring Report for Kyrgyzstan
Posted on February 14, 2015

Compiled by Caitlin Murphy


1. Human rights
2. Economics
3. Politics

1. Human rights

Kabar,kg , Privately-owned media, 9 February 2015

  • A Kyrgyz women is rescued from slave labour in Kazakhstan
  • The woman has been living several years in Kazakhstan, after having been trafficked there for illegal labour on a tobacco plantation.
  • After that she worked for a number of different employers, who refused to pay her, refused to feed her, and who also beat her.

2. Economics, State owned media, 11 February 2015
In Kyrgyzstan, labour from convicted criminals amounted to 145 492 000 soms (approximately $2 378 000 USD) in 2014

  • In 2014, Kyrgyz prisoners contributed an addition 6 946 000 soms (approximately $113 500 USD) to the country’s GDP.
  • Convicted criminals are compensated for their labour; each reportedly receives 4 000-5 000 soms per month (approx. $60-80USD).

3. Politics, Privately-owned media, 11 February 2015
The Mandatory Kyrgyz language for civil servants bill goes to vote

  • One of the proposed amendments on of Article 17 of the Law on State Service is to make it mandatory that all state servants be fluent in Kyrgyz.
  • The intent of the bill is meant to raise the patriotic spirit of the Kyrgyz people, but also raise the prestigious of the language amongst the variety of peoples in Kyrgyzstan.
  • Following a third reading of the bill, it has been sent to vote.
  • Kyrgyz language speakers make up about 65% of the population, with Uzbek about 14%, and Russian about 13%.
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