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Kyrgyz Movement Wants Lustration Law

BISHKEK -- A public movement in Kyrgyzstan is demanding the adoption of a lustration law to remove members of the current government who belonged to the "corrupt government" that was ousted in April, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Kubanych Mamatkerimov, a member of the Lustration movement's council and its coordinator in the southern city of Jalal-Abad, told RFE/RL on November 2 that the movement has collected 15,000 signatures of people who support a lustration law.

Mamatkerimov said his movement is ready to collect 300,000 signatures to hold a referendum on the issue in case no lustration law is adopted. He said the idea to adopt such a law has never been supported by the interim government because many people who held high state posts in the ousted governments of Presidents Kurmanbek Bakiev and Askar Akaev are in the country's current government.

Kyrgyz Ombudsman Tursunbek Akun has said he does not support a lustration law. He said such a law would contradict the basic human rights of the constitution, which guarantees equal rights to all citizens.