Target: Prime Minister Djoomart Otorbaev
Goal: Remove two laws that attack human rights from consideration by the Kyrgyzstan government
The parliament of Kyrgyzstan must immediately remove legislation introduced in May that would severely limit human rights in the country. The two policies in question are a ‘foreign agents’ law, and a law that would limit the presence of non-profit organizations. Both are going to be put to a vote at the end of June. They are in violation of numerous international human rights commitments, and would be a serious blow to human rights progress in Kyrgyzstan. These laws must be halted before they come into effect.
The ‘foreign agents’ law seems to be a copy of a recent Russian law of the same name. It would restrict and monitor the activities of nongovernmental organizations and endanger freedom of association and expression. The law could lead some groups to be labeled as foreign spies. It would also allow the government to suspend groups that have not registered as ‘foreign agents.’
Kyrgyzstan’s international partners should step in to persuade the government of Kyrgyzstan that these new laws will hamper the country’s growth. The government of Kyrgyzstan must come out against the legislation and strongly distance itself from these laws and any other laws that limit human rights. Sign this petition to urge the government of Kyrgyzstan to halt the progress of these bills.
Dear Prime Minister Djoomart Otorbaev,
The recent move by your government to pass a ‘foreign agents’ law is a severe blow for human rights in your country. I ask that you immediately remove this law from consideration. The law would only prevent nongovernmental organizations from doing their work in your country. It would also vilify those who choose to associate themselves with those organizations deemed to be ‘foreign agents.’ This is a violation of the human freedoms of expression and association.
Your government has numerous international commitments that you would violate by allowing this law to pass. International partners of yours will demand you remove the law, and may impose sanctions upon your government. I urge you to do what is right for the people of Kyrgyzstan and strike these bills down.
[Your Name Here]
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