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Kyrgyzstan Detains 10 in Security Sweeps Ahead of Presidential Elections

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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Security forces in Kyrgyzstan have detained at least 10 people suspected of planning terrorist attacks in the run-up to presidential elections. Kyrgyz authorities said Monday the arrests were carried out in security sweeps across several towns in the volatile south of the Central Asian republic in recent days. During the operation, police reported killing a […]

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83 Candidates to Run for Kyrgyzstan Presidential Election

Posted August 16th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Kyrgyzstan’s Central Election Commission says 83 people have registered to run in the country’s presidential election at the end of October. The commission said Tuesday that 16 candidates received nominations from political parties and 67 are running as independents. The candidates are now required to collect at least 30,000 signatures, submit an electoral deposit of […]

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Kyrgyz, Tajiks Hold Joint Military Drills

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have held joint live-fire military exercises in southern Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyz Defense Ministry said Monday the joint exercises are aimed at building military confidence and deterrence against new threats and challenges to regional security. The joint drills took place in the Buzhum training camp in southern Kyrgyzstan from Friday to Sunday. Kyrgyz […]

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Kyrgyzstan Marks One-Year Anniversary of Ethnic Violence

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbayeva has marked the one-year anniversary of ethnic violence in the southern part of the country by attending a memorial service to honor the victims of the clashes. Speaking in the city of Osh Friday, Ms. Otunbayeva unveiled a marble statue known as Mothers’ Tears. It depicts two women, one Kyrgyz and […]

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Rights Groups Attack Kyrgyzstan’s Handling of 2010 Ethnic Riots

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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Two human rights groups have concluded that Kyrgyzstan’s failure to prosecute those responsible for last year’s deadly ethnic riots could ignite new violence. A year ago this month, about 470 people were killed, thousands injured and hundred of thousands displaced as ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks clashed in southern Kyrgyzstan. Now, Amnesty International and Human Rights […]

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Amnesty International, HRW Call for Action on International Kyrgyzstan Inquiry

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called on the government of Kyrgyzstan to act on the recommendations of an international report about last year’s ethnic violence in that country, or face the possibility of further clashes. Four days of deadly clashes took place last June between ethnic Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbeks in the Osh […]

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