It has been one year since the terrible events in southern Kyrgyzstan, particularly Osh. neweurasia’s Marat reviews what he sees as a year of avoidance and wrongful finger-pointing. “I believe [reconciliation efforts] will not work until someone legibly explains the disproportion in the numbers between Uzbeks and Kyrgyz of those killed, raped, shot, tortured, convicted and forced to flee,” he says. “I’m sorry, but my countrymen must confront this fact.”
The election campaign in Kyrgyzstan has seen the competing parties make unprecedented use of social networking sites and blog pages. Analysts say the flurry of web campaigning will not swing the vote, but could stir up some interest among younger voters who are often regarded as apolitical. As campaigning for the October 10 parliamentary election has heated up over the last month or so, several party leaders have set up accounts with social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
A public campaign is taking place in Bishkek and Osh under the slogan “I want peace in Kyrgyzstan”, which is actively spreading the message of peace, harmony and peaceful settlement of the situation. The driving force behind the campaign are active civic activists and internet users. neweurasia’s Mirsulzhan Namazaliev, who is one of the members of the campaign, reports.
There are rumors swirling around that a new uprising is about to happen among the Kyrgyz in the north of the Kyrgyzstan or possibly between the Kyrgyz and smaller minorities like the Uighurs. neweurasia’s Mirsulzhan Namazaliev advises against listening to such rumors because they potentially endanger the stability of the country, and neweurasia’s Schwartz adds that talk of “ethnic cleansing” and “genocide” may be as harmful as it is potentially inaccurate.
Translation of Mirsulzhan’s post (RUS) 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…
Big news everyone: the office of the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Human Rights says that, based upon analysis of eye-witness accounts, violence in Kyrgyzstan appears to have begun with five coordinated attacks before taking on its current inter-ethnic character. Whether these were various agents provocateurs hypothesized on the Twittersphere is far from clear.
The question on everyone’s minds is: what next for Kyrgyzstan? neweurasia’s Schwartz describes three possible scenarios. At stake is Kyrgyzstan’s social contract and solubility as a country. The choice Schwartz proposes is tough, but “any other strategy might leave Kyrgyzstan too much at the whims of the invisible hand…”
neweurasia‘s Kyrgyz blogger, Mirzulshan Namazaliev, was interviewed by CNN. Meanwhile, LiveJournal blogger and former neweurasia country coordinator for Kyrgyzstan, Elena Skochilo, is compiling reports from news services and comments from colleagues and contacts on the ground. She reports a mob attack on a government official, but the building is safe. Meanwhile, AKIpress reports that troops of the Ministry of the Interior are “waiting for ministerial order to restore public order in Bishkek”. It’s uncertain from whom they will receive their orders, although an interim minister of emergency situations named and a new protest is brewing in Ala-Too Square where they…
neweurasia has been following the uprising in Kyrgyzstan, which began yesterday in Talas and has since spread to Bishkek. Given the fact that this time of year witnesses ritual protests to commemorate the Tulip Revolution, it is still unclear whether this is just a particularly bad flare-up. However, the videos and photographs trickling in are showing that this may indeed be a repeat of 2005. neweurasia’s Kyrgyz blogger, Mirsulzhan Namazaliev, gives his opinion of what’s at stake.
Translation of Mirsulzhan‘s post (RUS). The Russian “Vedomosti” newspaper reports that, according to Global Trade Alert, Russia and the European Union were leaders in introducing trade barriers in 2009, despite the declaration signed last November by the G20. Since then, G20 nations have introduced 184 protectionist measures. Around the world, 257 such measures were introduced in addition to 56 that can be interpreted as violating the interests of partner-states. Another 188 measures are planned for 2010, six times fewer than the number of liberalization measures.
In November 28-29, Kyrgyzstan team of neweurasia, Tolkun Umaraliev and Mirsulzhan Namazaliev, held two-day trainings on new media and citizen journalism in the remotest regional center of Kyrgyzstan – in Batken region, which is famous for hosting enclaves of and sharing border with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Neweurasia’s trainings were the first new media and citizen journalism trainings ever held in Batken region. As Batken region is one of the technically underdeveloped regions of Kyrgyzstan, it would have been difficult to organize new media and citizen journalism trainings from Bishkek, where the Kyrgyzstan team of neweurasia is based. Therefore, it was decided…