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Kyrgyzstan Enquiry Commission Report Published

Posted by Info on 04/05/2011

The report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry (KIC) into the events in southern Kyrgyzstan in June 2010 was released by its Chair Dr Kimmo Kiljunen on Tuesday, 3 May in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The findings are based on extensive interviews of some 750 witnesses, 700 documents and nearly 5 000 photographs and 1 000 video extracts.

The KIC established that the violence, mainly in the cities of Osh and Jalalabad, resulted in significant loss of life and injury on both sides of the ethnic conflict, with some 470 deaths, and thousands more injured. Of the killed people 74 % were Uzbek and 25 % Kyrgyz. Hundreds of thousands were displaced, not to mention the wide-scale damage to property, most of which was Uzbek-owned. Allegations of rape and other forms of sexual violence by both sides were also collected.

The KIC notes that in the wake of the 7 April overthrow of the previous regime, there appeared a power vacuum and consequent political rivalries..
The KIC does not consider the violence as war crimes or genocide. However, certain attacks against the Uzbek mahallas in Osh on 11-13 June, if proven beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law, would amount to crimes against humanity. Furthermore, there were many other criminal acts and serious violations of international human rights law.

Arrests, criminal investigations and trials after June events have been selective targeting so far primarily ethnic Uzbek minority. There is also evidence which indicates that acts of torture have been committed in detention centers by the authorities. more HERE

The KIC was formed based on an initiative by Finland, Australia, Estonia, France, Russia, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

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