UN rights council calls on Kyrgyz government to probe crisis
The UN Human Rights Council on Friday called on the Kyrgyz government to conduct a full and transparent probe into violence that broke out last week in the south of the country.
Geneva: The UN Human Rights Council
on Friday called on the Kyrgyz government to conduct a full and
transparent probe into violence that broke out last week in
the south of the country.
In a resolution adopted by consensus, the council "calls
upon the government of the Kyrgyz Republic to conduct a full
and transparent investigation that holds perpetrators
accountable for the loss of life in relation to the events of
7 April 2010 and during the recent inter-ethnic violence."
In April, some 87 people were killed in the popular
uprising that ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev and triggered
a change in the country`s government.
The resolution tabled by the United States and
Kyrgyzstan originally focused on the events of the April
uprising, but was broadened this week to add recent violence.
Introducing the resolution to the council, US ambassador
Eileen Donahoe said the United States is "deeply concerned and
deplores the recent inter-ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan and
the tragic loss of life there."
She hoped that the resolution would "make a constructive
contribution going forward."
In a statement to journalists, the ambassador also said
that "the adoption of today`s resolution on Kyrgyzstan
demonstrates that council member states can work together to
respond to a crisis situation virtually in real time."
The resolution "strongly condemns the human rights
violations committed during the protests surrounding the
change of government and also condemns the provocations and
violence in Osh and Jalalabad."
In addition, it asked the international community to
provide relief and assistance to the country.
The towns of Osh and Jalalabad are at the centre of the
violence that erupted a week ago in southern Kyrgzstan,
forcing some 400,000 people to flee from their homes.