A United Nations human rights expert has urged Kyrgyz authorities to prevent abuses, torture, and ill-treatment and to end impunity by ensuring that alleged perpetrators are held responsible.
In a statement
released on December 14, Juan Mendez said that in Kyrgyzstan, there was "a serious lack of sufficiently speedy, meaningful, thorough, and impartial investigations" into allegations of torture and ill-treatment, as well as lack of effective prosecution of law enforcement officials.
His statement came a day after he wrapped up a fact-finding mission in the country.
On his visit, Mendez interviewed people held in various detention facilities, as well as victims of torture and ill-treatment in Bishkek, Osh, and Jalal-Abad.
Mendez noted that the conditions in detention centers he visited ranged from "adequate to dreadful."
He stressed that Kyrgyz authorities need to restructure procedural safeguards against torture, including by creating a transparent system of access to legal counsel for detainees.