BISHKEK. Several members of the Kyrgyzstan Human Rights Movement (KHRM) today held a meeting which announced about self-closure of the movement. It was chaired by a deputy chairman of the KHRM, Melis Arypbek - uulu. He told RFE/RL that this decision by the meeting will be sent to the Kyrgyz Justice Ministry in accordance with the law.
However, the chairman and one of the founders of the human rights organization, Tursunbek Akun, said earlier today at the meeting that he was not agree with holding of such a meeting, that is why he considers it as illegitimate. Then he left the gathering. One of the guests of the meeting, Edil Baysalov, who is a president of the Coalition for Democracy and Civil Society (Kyrgyzstan), said that there were few delegates from various regions and it is hard to name it as a conference of the KHRM.
The movement was officially registered by the Justice Ministry in 1992 and it was one of the influential human rights organizations in the country. However, internal disputes weakened the KHRM, local experts say.