EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Kyrgyzstan’s Parliament Bans Independent News Website

Posted by Info on 19/06/2011

Kyrgyzstan’s parliament has voted unanimously to ban the independent news website fergananews.com (formerly Ferghana.ru). Moscow-based Ferghana.ru was singled out for offering alternatives to the nationalist narrative that Uzbek separatists are to blame for the tragedy- of last summer’s ethnic violence.

The resolution comes at a time of sharply rising nationalism and hostility toward international researchers who have found that more Uzbeks died in the violence. Several foreigners have been banned from Kyrgyzstan for suggesting ethnic Kyrgyz carried out the majority of pogroms and may have committed crimes against humanity, which the resolution also dismissed.

The resolution also praises the work of Osh’s ultranationalist mayor, Melisbek Myrzakmatov, whom most international observers believe is part of the problem, not the solution; Myrzakmatov, refusing to step down last summer, declared himself independent of Bishkek.

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