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The European Union and the Kyrgyz Republic held the seventh round of their Human Rights Dialogue in Bishkek yesterday. The Kyrgyz Republic delegation was led by Ms Aybermet Kutuyeva, Deputy Minister of Justice, and the EU delegation was led by Mr Toivo Klaar, Head of the Central Asia Division in the European External Action Service.
There were open and constructive discussions on a broad range of issues, including the administration of justice and judicial reform, the prevention of torture, combating violence against women, the rights of vulnerable groups, the rights of members of minority groups and the development of civil society. The EU warmly welcomed the recent decision of the parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic to reject a draft law on civil society organisations, which had been the subject of discussion in previous rounds of the Human Rights Dialogue.
The parties discussed the implementation of the commitments undertaken by the Kyrgyz Republic under the GSP+ trade scheme, and the EU underlined its continued commitment to support governance and rule of law reforms in the Kyrgyz Republic.
The EU welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court of the Kyrgyz Republic to reexamine the case of Azimjon Askarov, the imprisoned human rights defender, following the recent recommendations of the UN Human Rights Committee.
The parties also had a discussion on bilateral cooperation in the sphere of human rights, rule of law and good governance, as well as cooperation in multilateral fora.
The next round of the EU-Kyrgyz Republic Human Rights Dialogue will be held in Brussels in 2017.