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Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Chairman
Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
www.csce.gov
June 15, 2009

COMMISSION TO HOLD BRIEFING ON UPCOMING KYRGYZSTAN ELECTIONS


WASHINGTON—Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), and Co-Chairman Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) announced today they will hold a briefing on:

“Kyrgyzstan before the Election”

Thursday, June 18, 2009, 2:00 p.m.

Room: 1539 Longworth House Office Building

In the early years of this decade, political differences in Kyrgyzstan were often expressed in the form of protest movements, the most successful of which was the Tulip Revolution of 2005. In the last two years, however, President Kurmanbek Bakiev has largely managed to quash street politics and consolidate his own power, with the executive branch also securely in control of parliament. Preparations are currently underway for pre-term presidential elections scheduled for July 23. The purpose of the briefing is to examine the political environment in the run-up to the election and the overall state of democratization and human rights in Kyrgyzstan.

The following panelists are scheduled to speak:

Ambassador Zamira Sydykova
– Ambassador, The Republic of Kyrgyzstan to the United States
Dr. Erica Marat – Analyst, The Jamestown Foundation
Dr. Laura Jewett – Regional Director for Eurasia, National Democratic Institute

202.225.1901
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Kyrgyzstan

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Conflict Prevention/Rehabilitation
Elections
Freedom of Speech and Expression
Freedom of the Media
Freedom of Thought, Conscience, and Religion or Belief
International Humanitarian Law
Rule of Law/Independence of Judiciary


   
 

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