An Appeal to International Organizations
The tragic events in Osh and Jalalabad, which led to the death of 120 people (according to official data), have shocked the world.
There are different accounts of what happened circulating in the media and in society, starting from a carefully planned provocation and ending with interethnic cleansing in the south of Kyrgyzstan.
As we know, the interim government that took power in Kyrgyzstan after the second revolution consists of leaders of political parties and representatives of leading NGOs. Its goal is to conduct far-reaching political reforms and to constitutionally solidify the basic principles of democracy, thus giving a push to the country’s further development. However, the violence that has broken out suggests that, on the eve of political reforms, a third party, interested in destabilizing the situation and plunging the country into civil war, has orchestrated the tragedy.
According to verified information, as well as numerous observers, the conflict broke out when a group of masked individuals opened fire on both Uzbeks and Kyrgyz. Additionally, snipers have been shooting at civilians and other forms of provocation have taken place, including a masked man driving around and using a loudspeaker to call people to war.
The violence and calls for war show signs of careful planning and orchestration. They have led to hundreds of dead, thousands of wounded, destroyed homes, looted shops and the forced migration of innocent civilians – all in the name of subverting the government and planting a “mine” to set off war in Central Asia.
In light of this, we call on international organizations to conduct a full investigation. We ask that a committee be founded, members of which would include professionals of various kinds – criminologists, anti-terrorism experts, scholars on Central Asia, military specialists and representatives of anti-drug trafficking agencies – to resolve this issue. We need this to bring the guilty to justice and prevent further bloodshed.
Many believe that the current conflict is the country’s internal problem; however, given the humanitarian crisis and total poverty in the region, and considering the global impact of the conflict, we know that we are, in fact, dealing with a problem of international proportions. It is therefore the international community’s business, not just Kyrgyzstan’s.
Instability and poverty will lead to crime, the spread of drugs, extremism and terrorism. These will affect the international community.
For this reason, necessary to start an international investigation as soon as possible, question all eyewitnesses, expose the instigators, find out who gave orders, who was responsible for financing and who supplied the weapons.
The results of the investigation should be publicized in the media and the guilty must be found and brought to justice.
We call on international organizations to take an active part in this process.
Almas Kusherbaev, coordinator of the movement “For a Free Internet,” Kazakhstan
Zauresh Battalova, president of the Parliamentary Development Fund, Kazakhstan
Erbol Kurmanbaev, editor-in-chief of “Pravda Kazakhstana,” Kazakhstan
Dinara Saiakova, President of the Independent Human Rights Group, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Makhambet Abzhan, activist from the Abyroi youth movement, Kazakhstan
Aidos Sarym, head of the A. Sarsenbaev Fund, Kazakhstan
Valikhan Tuleshov, coordinator of the European Club, Kazakhstan
Bakhtyzhan Toregozhina, head of the Ar.Rukh.Khak youth movement, Kazakhstan
Aben Abdrasilov, editor of the sociopolitical site Platon.kz, Kazakhstan
Irina Mednikova, reporter for the “Respublika” newspaper, Kazakhstan
Almat Azadi, independent publicist, Kazakhstan
Dmitri Vertoukhov, political scientist, Russia
Ainel Medelkhanova, member of the youth council of Almaty, Kazakhstan
Galym Ageleuov, coordinator of the movement “For a Free Internet,” Kazakhstan
Pavel Porozov, head of Freedom Fund, Kazakhstan
Mirsulzhan Namazaliev, head of the Central Asian Free Market Institute, Kyrgyzstan
Burul Usmanalieva, former leader of Kel-Kel, Kyrgyzstan
Adilet Aitikeev, representative of Kyrgyz youth
Artur Nigmetov, independent journalist, Kazakhstan