Reportage:  Kyrgyzstan

 

 

This is a land in which the beauty of nature pierces one like pain and has divine right of sovereignty....

 

 

There are the Tien Shen Mountains that are perfectly sculpted to enhance the land’s breathtaking terrain and house some of the most beautiful scenery known to man

Lake Issyk Kul is the world’s 2nd largest alpine lake and spreads itself out majestically in the midst of the Tien Shan “Celestial” Mountains.  The lake is so big, it looks like an ocean, but with a snow-capped backdrop in the distance. Not only is Lake Issyk Kul beautiful, but it’s surrounded by several stunning gorges.

Located in the south the Mount Sulaiman Too is considered a sacred place by those of the Islamic faith.  It contains a large museum as well as several historical sites including 2 mosques from the 16th century, large numbers of petroglyphs, and medieval bath remains.

Tash Rabat is an ancient Silk Road caravanserai composed of 31 domed rooms that once housed merchants and travelers along the great Silk Road fighting to make their way from China to the West.  It is located in the province of Naryn in the Kara Koyun Valley.

 

But Kyrgyzstan is a nation with many issues too.

Shortcomings in law enforcement and the judiciary contribute to the persistence of grave abuses in connection to the ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan. Ethnic Uzbeks and other minorities remain especially vulnerable. Courtroom attacks on lawyers and defendants, particularly in cases related to the June 2010 events, occur with impunity.

Human rights defender Azimjon Askarov remains wrongfully imprisoned. In 2013, authorities proposed legislative initiatives to tighten restrictions on nongovernmental groups.Violence and discrimination against women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons remain concerns. Some religious groups have faced harassment by the authorities. "Insult" and "insult of a public official" remain criminal offenses.

Kyrgyzstan’s partners raised human rights concerns throughout the year, but did not consistently seize opportunities to urge concrete improvements.

Statements issued by European Union leaders on the occasion of Kyrgyz president’s visit to Brussels noted challenges in upholding the rule of law and the rights of minorities, but stopped short of urging any concrete improvements. The ministerial-level cooperation council meeting with Kyrgyzstan urged “further steps to address human rights concerns,” stressing “inter-ethnic reconciliation” and the “significant role” played by civil society.