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Kyrgyz Report: December 5, 2000


5 December 2000

SIX MEN GIVEN AMNESTY ARE RELEASED.
According to the presidential administration, the six men given amnesty by President Askar Akayev on 30 November were released in the evening of 4 December. Kojokmat Akimbaev, Kubanychbek Jalikulov, Akimjan Jalilov, Ismail Muratov, Mamadiyar Orozov and Raiymjan Sarykov were convicted of preparing a plot to assassinate Akayev last year and sentenced to different terms of jail last September.

However, they haven't gotten home yet. Their relatives, who held protest pickets in the town of Jalal-Abad every day from 16 October till 25 November, have not met them yet. Governor of the Jalal-Abad Province Kubanychbek JumAliyev received them on 5 December and congratulated them with the amnesty.

The seven men were sentenced to jail, and the seventh of them, prominent opposition politician Topchubek Turgunaliev, was not given amnesty. He was named by court as "an ideological leader" of a criminal group and sentenced to 6 years of imprisonment. He and some others who were convicted and who were given amnesty did not ask for amnesty.

PARLIAMENT DISCUSSES A LAW DRAFT ON AMNESTY.
The parliamentary Legislative Assembly began on 5 December discussing a law draft on general amnesty. The draft is prepared by the three deputies of parliament, Azimbek Beknazarov, Ismail Isakov and Ishenbai Kadyrbekov, and according to it, 4,600 people should be released from penitentiaries. Also, terms of 5,300 should be shortened and about 500 criminal cases in process should be stopped. Totally, there are now 18,555 people in penitentiaries of the country.

KYRGYZSTAN JOINS THE INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION ORGANIATION.
Deputy director of the governmental Agency on Demography and Migration, Bulat Sarygulov told RFE/RL correspondent in Bishkek on 5 December that Kyrgyzstan has become a member of the International Migration Organization. Kyrgyzstan was admitted to the IMO at its session in Geneva last week.

UZBEK OFFICIAL PRAISES KYRGYZ SERVICEMEN.
Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Uzbekistan, General Bohadyr Matlyubov, visited the Kyrgyz Jalal-Abad Province on 2 December and awarded eleven Kyrgyz citizens with valuable presents. Head of the regional police department General Sagynbek Dubanaev was among those awarded.

Uzbekistan praised the operations of Kyrgyz police and security services when they eliminated a gang of 7 rebels belonging to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in the village of Ak-Tash in the Chatkal district of Jalal-Abad Province on 11 September. Senior Lieutenant Muratbek Tuidunov and Senior Sergeant Mirdin Tugelbaev of Kyrgyzstan were also killed during the operation.

KYRGYZ AND UZBEK NGOs TO COOPERATE.
Delegations of non-governmental organizations of the Andijan and Ferghana regions of neighboring Uzbekistan are now in Jalal-Abad. They are discussing with their Kyrgyz colleagues ways to prepare a joint project on defending human rights of residents of both Kyrgyz and Uzbek bordering provinces. After working out the project, they will ask some international organizations for grant.

OPPOSITION PARTY HOLDS A DISCUSSION ON JURIDICAL REFORMS.
The opposition Ar-Namys (Dignity) Party plans to organize a round table discussion in Bishkek on 7 December. It will be devoted to cardinal reforms in the judicial system of the country. According to the party, there is no independent judicial branch of power in Kyrgyzstan now, and the recent legal cases against independent media, former state officials and members of parliament prove this. Ways to create an independent juridical system will be discussed at the meeting and government officials, deputies of parliament, other experts are invited.

PENSIONERS AGAINST THE NEW BUDGET DRAFT.
Deputy chairwoman of the Public Association for Social Protection of People Zinaida Zazhigaeva told RFE/RL correspondent in Bishkek on 5 December that her organization has appealed to the parliamentary People's Assembly asking it not to approve the law draft on state budget for the year 2001. According to her, President Askar Akayev promised during the election campaign that the pensions would be changed every quarter in 2001, according to rise of prices, but there is nothing on pension rate increase in the draft prepared by the government.

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