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UN High Commissioner Slams Kyrgyz Corruption, Discrimination

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said during a press conference in Bishkek on July 10 that corruption is one of the main problems facing the country.

Pillay said Kyrgyz authorities "have a duty to ensure accountability for crimes and abuses, including by the authorities themselves."

She also said that discrimination, especially on ethnic, religious, and gender grounds, remains a huge problem.

Pillay said that discrimination is particularly evident in the ethnically split town of Osh, where around 50 percent of the population is ethnic Uzbek, "but there is not a single Uzbek judge."

She said the imbalance was illustrated by the June 2010 violence in Osh, during which 75 percent of those killed were Uzbek, while 75 percent of those arrested relating to the violence were also Uzbek.