Declaration on Kyrgyzstan

XXVI Congress of the Socialist International, Madrid

25-27 November 2022

English translation

Our organization witnessed a striking deterioration in the health of the ex-president of Kyrgyzstan - the only president in Central Asia who initiated constitutional reforms in favour of parliamentarism and democracy - Almazbek Atambaev, who was visited in prison in April by SI Secretary General Luis Ayala. Despite a medically confirmed continued need for treatment, the former president is no longer hospitalized but returned to prison, and requests for access to two surgeries he urgently needs are still denied. President of the country Sadyr Japarov personally met with the family of ex-president Almazbek Atambayev, and refused the possibility of carrying out vital operations for him. The SI regards this attitude towards ex-president Atambaev as an unprecedented attempt to physically eliminate a political opponent, involving gross violations of the basic human right to life. We are concerned that at a meeting between Secretary General Luis Ayala and the Vice Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, the latter openly stated that all the accusations against Atambaev had not been proven but he will continue to be in prison.

Non-investigation by the procurator and the court of the facts of inflicting severe injuries and the use of brute force using weapons, including cold weapons, against 1,700 civilians in Koi-Tash on August 7-8, suggests an unfair trial, the purpose of which is to cover up the crimes of the previous heads of special services - Opumbaev and Zhunushaliev. The Socialist International notes that these actions of the armed forces against the civilian population fall under the articles of “war crime”, as well as “crime against humanity”, which is an internationally investigated case. If the statements of the affected citizens continue to be ignored, the organization will be forced to assist in the international investigation.

The Socialist International takes into account the special report of the Social Democrats of Kyrgyzstan and expresses solidarity with their call to the government of the Kyrgyz Republic requesting the immediate release of those detained in the Kempir-Abad case, as well as to stop pressure on the media of the Kyrgyz Republic (Azattyk, Cactus Media and Kloop).