Kyrgyzstan to downgrade OSCE ties after government critic attends conference



The government of Kyrgyzstan plans to downgrade the status of local office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the cabinet said on Friday, after the human rights watchdog invited Bishkek's outspoken opponent to a conference.
The move follows the cancellation of a cooperation treaty between Kyrgyzstan and the United States for similar reasons: Washington had given a human rights award to a man convicted and imprisoned in Kyrgyzstan.
Kadyrzhan Batyrov, a businessman and an ethnic Uzbek community leader, has lived in Sweden since 2011 and has been sentenced in absentia... read more

 
30 September 2016 in World News, Views: 31
Source: Reuters
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