Kyrgyzstan's state penitentiary service says that more than 1,000 inmates who were on a hunger strike over prison conditions sewed their mouths shut overnight after authorities decided to force-feed them.
The U.S.-based rights watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) says fears that pro-democracy uprisings across the Arab world might spread to Central Asia fueled a crackdown on dissent in that region last year.
RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports that State Penitentiary Service officials announced that the "forced feeding" means a transfusion of glucose solution via an intravenous system to protesting inmates whose health is in immediate danger.
Inmates in 13 Kyrgyz jails have started a mass hunger strike to support inmates in detention center No. 1 in Bishkek, where security troops violently quelled a prisoner riot on January 16.
Kyrgyz Ombudsman Tursunbek Akun said in parliament on January 18 that the body of an inmate who died in a Bishkek detention center shows signs of violence.
Hearings have begun in Almaty in the appeal filed by three men convicted of killing Kyrgyz journalist Gennady Pavlyuk.
One inmate died and dozens were injured following a riot at the main detention center in the Kyrgyz capital. The riot followed a wave of hunger strikes in Kyrgyz prisons prompted by poor living conditions.
Special security forces raided a detention facility in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, on January 16 after unrest broke out at the prison. (Video by RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service, photos courtesy of K-News agency)
Media reports say special security forces raided a detention facility in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, today after unrest broke out at the prison.
A second Kyrgyz citizen has died from injuries suffered in a reported gas-tank explosion at an Italian restaurant in Moscow on January 9.
Jailed Kyrgyz rights activist Azimjan Askarov said he has decided not to go on a hunger strike to protest his conviction and prison sentence.
The jailed brother of former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev has been transferred from prison to a halfway house as part of a plan to allow Akhmat Bakiev to serve out his seven-year sentence at home.