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Kyrgyz Group To Rally Against HRW Report

Kyrgyz Ombudsman Tursunbek Akun has criticized the HRW report.
Kyrgyz Ombudsman Tursunbek Akun has criticized the HRW report.
BISHKEK -- A Kyrgyz group says it will hold a protest against a recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) report on the situation in southern Kyrgyzstan, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Ondurush Toktonasyrov, the leader of the April 7 movement, told RFE/RL that the protest would be held on August 20 in front of the United Nations office in Bishkek.

HRW issued a report on August 16 on the causes and aftermath of the violent ethnic clashes in the southern regions of Osh and Jalal-Abad in June. The report criticized the Kyrgyz government for its inability to stop the clashes between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz.

It stated that in some cases Kyrgyz police and security forces sided with the Kyrgyz against the Uzbeks.

Some Kyrgyz activists and officials, such as Ombudsman Tursunbek Akun and the state commission that is investigating the bloodshed in the south, have criticized the HRW report as one-sided and based on unsubstantiated reports.

The April 7 movement -- which is named after the day on which President Kurmanbek Bakiev was ousted -- protested the HRW report on August 17 at the UN Office in Bishkek.

The group has previously held demonstrations against the deployment in southern Kyrgyzstan of police by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.