BISHKEK. The Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Bertrand Ramcharan, is visiting Kyrgyzstan. Today he met with the foreign minister, Askar Aitmatov, and the Ombudsman, Tursunbay Bakir-Uulu, to discuss the problems of human rights in the country. Aitmatov praised the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for its support of, as he put it, the Kyrgyz government's efforts in carrying out a new idea entitled "Kyrgyzstan is the country of human rights".
Tomorrow, Ramcharan will meet with the chairperson of the Constitutional Court, Cholpon Bayekova, lawmaker and chairperson of the Human rights committee of the Legislative Assembly (lower chamber) of the Kyrgyz parliament, Oksana Malevannaia, and some other officials. He will continue his Central Asian trip, heading to Kazakhstan on Friday.
Ramcharan visited Tajikistan from 3 to 5 March 2003, as part of his official visit to countries in Central Asia to enhance dialogue and technical cooperation between the governments of the region and the OHCHR, and in follow-up to the Secretary-General's visit to the region in October 2002.
Compiled and translated by Tyntchtykbek Tchoroev and edited by Bruce Pannier in Prague