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1-30 June 2015

Media Monitoring Report for Kyrgyzstan
Posted on July 3, 2015

Compiled by Caitlin Murphy

All articles translated from Russian, unless otherwise indicated*, Privately-owned media, 29 June 2015. "SBS KR: There was a skirmish between the border of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan outfits"

  • According to preliminary information, Uzbek border security forces opened fire on Kyrgyz security forces after words were exchanged between the two parties.
  • The incident is still under investigation, State-owned media, 25 June 2015. "Uzbek President has asked Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon to promote the legal assessment of the June 2010 events in South Kyrgyzstan"

  • The Uzbek president has said that this is not an issue that needs to be resolved for the sake of Kyrgyz and Uzbek ethnic groups. Understanding ethnic relations is important to the region as a whole.
  • In 2010, Uzbekistan sheltered approximately 110 000 asylum seekers during the conflict in southern Kyrgyzstan, many of whom are still displaced., State-owned media, 19 June 2015. "Kyrgyz human rights activists demand to parliamentary speaker that the question of referendum change be kept from agenda"

  • This demand was made in an open letter to the parliamentary speaker.
  • There is currently a movement in Kyrgyzstan to have a referendum to lift the moratorium on changing the Constitution until 2020.
  • They fear that constitutional changes could lead to the usurpation of power by politicians.
  • The civil rights activists in question say that constitutional revision is unnecessary, sufficient changes could be made through the legislature., State-owned media, 16 June 2015. "Mars Sariev: There are fears that the parliamentary elections will ignite conflicts in Central Asia

  • Sariev cited the work of some Western political scientists who have said that the revolutionary activities in Ukraine could spill over into Kyrgyzstan during the next election, which is scheduled for fall 2015.
  • This, he warns, could ignite conflicts in the region as a whole., State-owned media, 16 June 2015. "In Almaty region of Kazakhstan nine citizens of Kyrgyzstan forcibly kept in slavery"

  • The Kyrgyz were illegal immigrants being held on a farm in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in unsanitary and unhealthy conditions.
  • The government of Kazakhstan has opened an investigation at the request of the Kyrgyz government.


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