As Kyrgyzstan’s tumultuous 2010 came to a close, President Roza Otunbayeva travelled to Astana for the OSCE Summit in December. I was able to sit in on her interesting discussion with British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as she outlined some of the priorities for 2011. Kyrgyzstan’s friends will be wishing the country a more peaceful and settled year, but there is no denying that real challenges remain.
On February 14, 2011 Naryn, Talas, Tokmok, Jalal-Abad, Kant, Osh, Karakol, Batken and Kyzyl-Kiya Access Microscholarship Program students celebrated St. Valentine’s Day. Teachers presented Power Point information about St. Valentine’s Day and students were able to know more about the history of this holiday. Participants made cards and expressed their love not only to their friends but to their relatives and teachers. During the event students took part in different fun contests: they made up new words with letters Saint Valentine’s Day, drew group Valentine’s cards without hand and found another pair of famous couples. They also tried to make confession to each other without speaking but miming. At the end the students sang English songs and recited poems about love. All students found the party very interesting and funny.
On February 4, Osh citizens, municipal leaders and USAID will celebrate the re-opening of the newly refurbished Registration and Examination Office (REO) in Osh. The government building which houses the REO was severely damaged in the June 2010 events and the office was unable to provide vehicle registrations, vehicle title documents, license plates and driver licenses. Many people lost their documentation in the June violence and there was a critical need to restore the function of the REO to ensure those citizens could be issued replacement documents in addition to other much needed services.
The normally festive New Year’s holidays have lost their sheen this year in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh, where authorities have banned public gatherings and fireworks out of security concerns. Continue reading
Kyrgyzstan’s technical government , which replaced its interim predecessor, has set goals for its first 100 days.
“First of all, we need to think about public safety,” said Cholpon Nogoibayeva, head of the anti-crisis group that helped develop the 100-day plan. Continue reading
“At Chabysh 2010” annual festival will be held in Murghab, Tajikistan on July 17-18, 2010. “At-Chabysh 2010” is festival dedicated to the Kyrgyz horses. 20 Kyrgyz horses will participate in this event.
“At-Chabysh 2010” used to be divided into four parts. However, since the tragic events in the South of Kyrgyzstan, the other 3 events were delayed. “At-Chabysh 2010” in Osh, Djalal-Abad and Issyk-Kul are postponed until year 2011. Continue reading
The Pentagon appears set to spend over $40 million on security infrastructure projects in Central Asia. The money for the building spree will come from US Central Command’s counter-narcotics fund.
Notices published on the US-government’s Federal Business Opportunities website, FBO.gov, indicate that Pentagon dollars will go toward the construction of military training centers in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, and Karatog, Tajikistan, and also a canine training facility and helicopter hangar near Almaty, Kazakhstan. In addition, the Pentagon will fund border-crossing checkpoints in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan and refurbish existing border outposts in Kyrgyzstan. Continue reading
Despite fears about another outbreak of ethnic violence, Kyrgyzstan has voted on a new constitution that could pave the way for the first parliamentary democracy in Central Asia.
Kyrgyzstan’s new constitution has been approved by more than 90 percent of voters, according to early results from the country’s electoral commission, clearing the way for Central Asia’s first parliamentary democracy. Continue reading
A public campaign is running in Bishkek and Osh, under the slogan “I want peace in Kyrgyzstan”, which is actively spreading the message of peace and harmony, and promoting the peaceful settlement of the situation. Mirsulzhan Namazaliev, one of the organizers of the campaign, reported.
As he announced today on June 23, the initiators and the driving force behind the campaign are active Internet users and a number of civic activists. During this campaign, residents of these cities will distribute various information leaflets, stickers and T-shirts with slogans calling for peace and harmony of citizens of Kyrgyzstan. The participants of the campaign sat up a map with data on the humanitarian aid provided to the residents of the south of Kyrgyzstan.
Actors from Kyrgyz Theatre “Tunguch” together with colleagues from the regional Uzbek Theater “Babur” will perform a play ” Caravan of Peace and Friendship”, in Osh and plans to visit the southern regions of the country.
According to the People’s Artist of the Kyrgyz Republic, the “Tunguch” theater director Jamal Seydahmatova, the program need help with travel and living costs. Continue reading