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  2005 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Kyrgyz Republic
After the March 24 revolution the government did not restrict peaceful meetings or demonstrations, although prior notification to local authorities of such activities was still required.
One study indicated that up to one-third of ethnic Kyrgyz women living in the northern part of the country were married against their will as a result.
Until the March 24 revolution former State Secretary Ibraimov prevented the Uighur community from holding festivities, demanding that the leader of the Uighur cultural center refute his earlier anti-Chinese statement in the local press.
www.state.gov /g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2005/61657.htm   (12884 words)

 Kyrgyz Dependence on Organised Crime   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
This is the first time since the March 24, 2005, Tulip Revolution that Kyrgyz power structures have asserted their dominance over criminal groups.
According to Kyrgyz experts, the presidential administration, members of parliament, the prosecutor-general, and various representatives of the judicial branch reportedly supported Rysbek.
Kyrgyz mass media outlets and NGOs have taken an active part in reporting the spread of criminal groups in post-March 24 politics.
www.ocnus.net /cgi-bin/exec/view.cgi?archive=97&num=24799   (841 words)

 Kyrgyzstan Elections | I think we on this side of the blogosphere saw more than we originally thought would happen.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
As of 2005, following disputed results of the 2005 parliamentary elections, Kyrgyzstan is in a state of political turmoil, with different parties claiming that they are the legitimate gov...
The 2005 Kyrgyz parliamentary elections were held in February and March 2005.
Kyrgyz revolution of 2005; Politics of Kyrgyzstan; Elections in Kyrgyzstan; President of Kyrgyzsta...
www.loseweightandfeelgood.com   (889 words)

 Kyrgyz revolution leader shot dead -DAWN - International; September 23, 2005
BISHKEK, Sept 22: A top Kyrgyz lawmaker and key figure in this ex-Soviet state’s popular revolution in March, Bayaman Erkinbayev, was shot dead outside his house late on Wednesday in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, the country’s interior minister said.
He played an active part in a popular revolution in March that toppled veteran president Askar Akayev by financing protests and sending in martial arts trainees to lead the demonstrations.
But the country was rocked by unrest, including assassinations, in the aftermath of the March revolution amid political wrangling and a struggle for control of key businesses in this impoverished state on China’s western border.
www.dawn.com /2005/09/23/int2.htm   (319 words)

 Tulip Revolution - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Tulip Revolution refers to the overthrow of President Askar Akayev and his government in the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan after the parliamentary elections of February 27 and of March 13, 2005.
The Tulip Revolution, however, saw some violence in its initial days, most notably in the southern city of Jalal-Abad, where the first major signs of violence were noted, and at least three people died during widespread looting in the capital in the first 24 hours after the fall of the Kyrgyz government.
A Kyrgyz delegation traveled to Moscow to obtain his signature on the necessary document, and on April 3 Akayev announced on Russian television that he would resign with effect from April 5.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Kyrgyz_revolution_of_2005   (2144 words)

 USATODAY.com - Kyrgyzstan president flees as protesters storm palace   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — The president was in hiding in another country, protesters were shredding and stomping on his official portraits and suddenly opposition activist Ulan Shambetov found himself in the presidential headquarters, sitting in the vanished leader's chair.
In the nearby Kyrgyz parliament, its members both stunned and excited, lawmakers gathered and sought to restore anything resembling order in their reeling Central Asian country where the government collapsed Thursday after days of protests over allegedly fraudulent elections.
After the "Rose Revolution" in Georgia in 2003 and the "Orange Revolution" in Ukraine last year, authorities have been increasingly nervous about their grip on power.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2005-03-24-kyrgyzstan-protest_x.htm   (1281 words)

 EurasiaNet Eurasia Insight - Kyrgyz Revolution: Taking a Turn in an Unpredictable Direction
In the weeks and months leading up to Kyrgyzstan’s parliamentary election in February, which proved to be the revolution’s detonator, top members of the erstwhile opposition to Akayev set aside personal ambitions and rivalries to forge a united front against the president.
The Kyrgyz legislature has wrestled for four days with the issue of Akayev’s resignation, which was tendered in Moscow April 4 in a deal brokered by Parliament Speaker Omurbek Tekebayev.
The situation is especially troublesome in southern Kyrgyz regions, where a condition of "dual-power" exists in many areas of Jalal-Abad and Osh provinces, the Kabar news agency reported.
www.eurasianet.org /departments/insight/articles/eav040805a.shtml   (1344 words)

 Appendix to Human Rights Watch’s February 14, 2005 Letter to President Askar Akaev (Human Rights Watch, 14-2-2005)
Their aim is to organize revolutions like the rose revolution in Georgia and the orange revolution in Ukraine, when we are developing stably.”
Revolution in Central Asia will not be as easy a process as in Georgia and Ukraine.
The ACCSS is a Kyrgyz NGO that has received grant money from USAID to support civil society groups, including NGOs and mass media outlets involved in conducting non-partisan public education campaigns regarding the elections process, such as voting for the first time, and other impartial election-related materials.
hrw.org /english/docs/2005/02/11/kyrgyz10168.htm   (2440 words)

 Kyrgyz opposition determined to continue their national revolution - Pravda.Ru   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Kyrgyz people support others of their own clans, whether they are right or not.
Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev has already urged his opponents to end the rallies and start the dialogue.
If Kyrgyz oppositionists think that it is better to continue exacerbating the situation in the country, they will not change their priorities.
english.pravda.ru /world/ussr/23-03-2005/7936-kyrgyzstan-0   (668 words)

 Obsidian Wings: Kyrgyz Update: Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Kyrgyz Defense Ministry said on Monday its troops repelled an attack by about 60 Islamic rebels who tried to cross from neighboring Tajikistan.
Kyrgyz security authorities have accused the group of having links with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which is allied to al-Qaida and operates in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The Kyrgyz Supreme court invalidated all the results of the recent elections and recognised the former parliament as the legitimate legislature.
obsidianwings.blogs.com /obsidian_wings/2005/03/kyrgyz_update_o.html   (1859 words)

 USATODAY.com - Kyrgyz president says he'll resign Monday   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The delegation was led by Omurbek Tekebayev, the speaker of the Kyrgyz parliament who is one of Akayev's most prominent opponents.
Both Tekebayev and Akayev emphasized that the agreement would be a significant step toward restoring stability in Kyrgyzstan, which has been on edge since opposition supporters stormed the presidential building in the capital, Bishkek, on March 24.
In recent months, Akayev alleged that foreign money and outside agitators were trying to stir up a revolution along the lines of the recent uprisings in Georgia and Ukraine and vowed that he would not give in to protests.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2005-04-03-kyrgyzatan-leader_x.htm   (781 words)

 Bush Administration Welcomes the Kyrgyz Revolution   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Kyrgyzstan’s revolution is widely welcomed in Washington, and has some American policy planners contemplating the possibility of regime change in other Central Asian nations, especially Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
In the Bush administration view, all three revolutions are, at their core, reactions against the "managed democracy" model of government, in which the trappings of a democratic system is grafted on to an authoritarian-minded leadership structure.
Washington policy makers are relieved that the revolution in Kyrgyzstan proved to be relatively bloodless, with only a handful of deaths occurring during the March 24 protests and subsequent looting spree.
www.heritage.org /Press/Commentary/ed040405b.cfm   (930 words)

 ISN Security Watch - Commemoration of Kyrgyz revolution divides
It also provides for the raising of a monument commemorating the revolution in the southern city of Jalal-Abad, which was the first center of resistance to ousted president Askar Akayev.
Given the public sensitivities concerning the revolution anniversary, legislators balked at endorsing the decree.
Meanwhile, a prominent journalist, Aleksandr Knyazev, published a book, titled The 2005 Coup d’Etat in Kyrgyzstan, in which he argued; "The symbol of the Kyrgyz revolution was not a tulip flower, but a looter with a refrigerator on his back."
www.isn.ethz.ch /news/sw/details.cfm?ID=15149   (1199 words)

 Kyrgyzstan's Revolution: April 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The daughter of ousted Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev has unexpectedly appeared in parliament to assume the seat she won in disputed elections earlier this year.
There was talk in the Kyrgyz Parliament’s corridors that the Deputies had argued with the new authorities and had forced the situation.
Kyrgyzstan is not Ukraine, where the "cappuccino revolution" only came about when the middle classes took to the streets, demanding a government that would boost their wealth rather than siphon it off through bribes.
www.klasney.com /kyrgyzrevolution/archive/2005_04_01_kyrgyzrevolution_archive.html   (6730 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > World -- Kyrgyz,Uzbek leader warn againt exporting revolution
And Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev said public protests in his state were likely to end in a civil war.
The Kyrgyz opposition fears that he plans to extend his final term in the October polls.
Another "velvet revolution" could destroy Russia's image of a dominant force in the post-Soviet zone and could encourage its own political opposition, silenced by President Vladimir Putin.
signonsandiego.com /news/world/20050128-0602-kyrgyzstan-revolution.html   (577 words)

 Kyrgyz parliamentary elections, 2005 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The belief that the election had been rigged by the government led to widespread protests, culminating in a revolution on 24 March in which President Askar Akayev was overthrown and left the country.
The CIS is generally seen as controlled by the Russian Federation, whose President, Vladimir Putin, supports the incumbent authoritarian regimes in all the former Soviet republics in Central Asia.
Later, however, it was agreed not to hold legislative elections in 2005.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Kyrgyz_parliamentary_elections,_2005   (441 words)

 NewsFromRussia.Com Belarusian authorities condemn Kyrgyz revolution, police disperse protesters
A key opposition leader in Azerbaijan on Friday hailed the popular revolt that ousted Kyrgyz leader Askar Akayev and warned authorities in his country against rigging upcoming parliamentary elections.
Imprisoned Kyrgyz opposition leader Felix Kulov was freed on Thursday as protesters took control of key government facilities, the Interfax news agency cited opposition sources as saying.
The Kyrgyz protesters were able to overcome riot police and penetrate into the main government compound in the country's capital Bishkek today.
newsfromrussia.com /world/2005/03/25/58859.html   (1667 words)

 Kyrgyz 'revolution' could turn sour - Turkish Daily News Apr 03, 2005
And the new leaders have not been slow to adopt the slogans of bloodless revolutions that swept away entrenched elites in two other ex-Soviet states, Ukraine and Georgia.
But, corrupt though his administration was, Akayev also created a relatively liberal society in a region of the former Soviet Union dominated by autocrats and oversaw the introduction of market economic reforms that won Western praise.
In both Georgia and Ukraine, protests against rigged elections brought West-leaning leaders to power in "bloodless revolutions" perceived in and outside Russia as a blow to its standing in the ex-Soviet states that it sees as its backyard.
www.turkishdailynews.com.tr /article.php?enewsid=9652   (759 words)

 Lenin and sheep on main drag set tone of Kyrgyz revolution | csmonitor.com
The dusty sheep were a reminder that Kyrgyz city-dwellers had not forgotten their rural roots.
The main political force in Kyrgyz society is not the party but the extended family, or clan.
Ask a Kyrgyz "Where are you from?" and you'll learn as much about genealogy as about place.
www.csmonitor.com /2005/0331/p09s02-coop.html   (998 words)

 Kyrgyzstan's tulip revolution - The Washington Times: Commentary - March 27, 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
However, the Kyrgyz opposition does not have one recognized leader, such as Viktor Yushchenko in Ukraine, or Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia.
Kyrgyzstan's Tulip Revolution demonstrated we live in a truly wired world, where President George W. Bush's words spoken in his Inaugural Address and State of the Union speech resonate even in the mountains of Tien Shan.
In 1992, ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz were at each other's throats in Osh, with deaths totaling 2,000.
www.washtimes.com /commentary/20050326-103550-7473r.htm   (1001 words)

 BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Kyrgyz protesters take over town
This is a highly sensitive region close to the border with Uzbekistan, she says.
Most residents are ethnic Uzbeks, who view the ethnic Kyrgyz in the capital Bishkek with suspicion.
Police shot dead several demonstrators at a similar rally three years ago and in 1990, hundreds of people were killed in inter-ethnic violence in the area.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/asia-pacific/4365945.stm   (524 words)

 CNN.com - Kyrgyz opposition seizes power - Mar 25, 2005
According to The Associated Press, Interfax news agency is reporting that Akayev is in northern Kazakhstan together with his family, at a recreational resort in the Akmolinsky region.
Baktybek Abdrissaev, the Kyrgyz ambassador to the United States, Thursday said at a press conference in Washington that the president hasn't resigned and "is in a safe place." But he couldn't say where Akayev is now.
Observers, noting the similarities of this so-called Tulip Revolution with two other political upheavals in the former Soviet Union -- Georgia's 2003 Rose Revolution and Ukraine's recent Orange Revolution -- do not necessarily believe this development represents a direct domino effect.
www.cnn.com /2005/WORLD/asiapcf/03/24/kyrgyzstan/index.html   (980 words)

 Online NewsHour Update: Ousted Kyrgyz President Akayev Resigns -- April 4, 2005
Akayev, 60, formally stepped down in a subdued ceremony at the Kyrgyz embassy in Moscow Monday, where he fled the Central Asian country after the coup on March 24.
"Before resigning, he made his final address to the Kyrgyz people asking them to pardon him if he did anything wrong to the nation or individuals and expressed his wish that Kyrgyzstan's future course be as democratic as possible," she added, according to a Reuters report.
"The revolution has taken place, the new government is working, but this document is necessary" to make it legal, Kyrgyz lawmaker Tashkul Kereksizov, who helped arrange the resignation deal, told the AP.
www.pbs.org /newshour/updates/kyrgyzstan_04-04-05.html   (548 words)

 Analysts: Kyrgyz Revolution is Incomplete
It is a long way from the mass riots and looting of March that forced then-President Askar Akayev to flee the country amid discontent over flawed elections earlier in the year.
That is why we say the revolution is not yet [over], the revolution continues," said Mr.
Baisalov say the Kyrgyz government's handling of the affair will be a key litmus test of its commitment to universal human rights practices.
quickstart.clari.net /voa/art/ek/2005-07-14-voa27.html   (644 words)

 Ramblings and Travels » Blog Archive » Kyrgyz revolution of 2005
I know, I shouldn’t make fun of people hoping and fighting for freedom, but something about this situation makes me think they are fighting for more vowels.
This entry was posted on Sunday, March 27th, 2005 at 9:08 pm and is filed under News.
That’s OK. Eventually there will be a revolution somewhere in Polynesia, and everything will be evened out.
www.ke6lbm.com /wordpress/2005/03/27/kyrgyz-revolution-of-2005   (174 words)

 RIA Novosti - World - Former Kyrgyz prosecutor: corruption increased after revolution
BISHKEK, September 20 (RIA Novosti, Yulia Orlova) - Sacked Kyrgyz Prosecutor General Azimbek Beknazarov said Tuesday that corruption had increased in the republic after the "tulip" revolution in March.
Beknazarov said his dismissal had been politically motivated and linked to the request he sent to parliament last week, demanding that Akayev's son, Aidar, be stripped of parliamentary immunity.
Beknazarov, a close ally of Bakiyev in the March revolution, headed the staff of the People's Unity movement that brought Bakiyev to power.
en.rian.ru /world/20050920/41449436.html   (287 words)

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