PRAGUE/BISHKEK. European Parliament convened in Strasbourg, France, is discussing Central Asian politics and human rights issues. The parliament today considered a situation in Kazakhstan. Ramazan Dyryldaev, head of the Kyrgyz Committee for Human Rights (KCHR) told RFE/RL today from Strasbourg that there was a severe criticism of the Kazakh government's policy towards human rights and press freedom issues: 'A special resolution is going to be adopted on Kazakhstan by the European Parliament today. It talks about human rights abuses and crushing democracy (by the Kazakh government). If Kyrgyz authorities do not change their current policy, if they would continue to abuse human rights, then it is quite possible that the parliament will adopt the same resolution against the Kyrgyz government in April or May.'
Dyryldaev said that the European parliament discussed the current political situation in Kyrgyzstan yesterday and urged the Kyrgyz government to implement all the promises on strengthening democratic processes.
Besides Dyryldaev, State Secretary Osmonakun Ibraimov, first deputy prime minister Kurmanbek Osmonov, and representatives of Kyrgyz opposition, leader of 'Asaba' (Flag) National Revival Party, lawmaker Azimbek Beknazarov, and a member of the Respublica Party, Gyias Tokombaev participated in yesterday's session in Strasbourg. Government officials backed the results of the referendum held in Kyrgyzstan on February 2, 2003, as a big step towards democracy, whilst Beknazarov and Dyryldaev criticized the shortcomings of the plebiscite.