UN rights chief urges probe into Askarov case despite Kyrgyz decision to uphold life sentence

The United Nations human rights chief today voiced deep concern about a decision by a Kyrgyz court to uphold a life sentence against human rights defender Azimjan Askarov, saying it highlights “serious shortcomings” in the country’s judicial system.

In Kyrgyzstan, UN chief celebrates parliaments as beacon of human rights efforts

The world’s parliaments play a “fundamental” role in ensuring human rights protections for the global citizenry and, as a result, must reflect international human rights standards in their legislation, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed today as he continued on his Central Asian trip with a visit to Kyrgyzstan.

UN official encourages Kyrgyzstan to tackle causes of 2010 inter-communal violence

A senior United Nations official has encouraged Kyrgyzstan’s efforts to address the causes of the inter-communal violence that erupted in 2010, while stressing that they must be fully in line with human rights standards.

Kyrgyzstan must uphold its vows to protect children from sexual abuse, UN expert urges

Alcohol abuse and domestic violence, early and forced marriages and bride kidnappings are among the factors making children in Kyrgyzstan more vulnerable to sexual exploitation and forced labour, warned a United Nations independent expert at the end of her recent visit to the country.

Kyrgyzstan: UN official urges judges to respect defendants’ civil rights

Judges in Kyrgyzstan must ensure that the civil rights of defendants are protected, a top United Nations official stressed today, after the Supreme Court upheld the conviction and life sentence of an activist who reported being tortured in detention and whose right to a fair trial was violated.

Ban encourages new Kyrgyz leadership to pursue dialogue and reconciliation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the new leadership in Kyrgyzstan to encourage national dialogue and reconciliation as the Central Asian country seeks greater stability in the wake of last year's overthrow of the government and subsequent deadly ethnic clashes.

Kyrgyzstan calls on UN to develop standards to help retrieve funds stolen from public

The United Nations should develop clear standards and procedures to help countries retrieve public funds that have been embezzled by dictators and kleptocrats, Kyrgyzstan’s President Roza Otunbaeva told world leaders gathered for the General Assembly’s annual general debate today.

Ahead of Kyrgyz elections, Ban stresses importance of national reconciliation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the leader of Kyrgyzstan to carry out the key recommendations of an independent inquiry into last year’s deadly ethnic violence in the country’s south as the Central Asian nation prepares to hold presidential elections next month.

Kyrgyzstan: UN agency provides tents to families displaced by deadly quake

The United Nations refugee agency has provided 250 family-sized tents to house about 2,000 people left homeless in south-western Kyrgyzstan after last week’s deadly earthquake on the country’s border with Uzbekistan.

Lack of nutrition having a crippling effect on Kyrgyz children – UN report

Nearly one in every four deaths of young children in Kyrgyzstan is caused by under-nutrition, and the physical and mental development of many other boys and girls is being delayed in the Central Asian country, according to a United Nations report launched today.