Central Asia Fellows Papers Central Asia Program Series Publications

Ensuring Freedom from State Violence in the Kyrgyz Republic

Central Asia Fellowship Papers No. 4, June 2014

By Sardarbek Bagishbekov

Sardar Bagishbekov is an executive director of the Kyrgyzstani human rights NGO Golos Svobody (Voice of Freedom, www.vof.kg). The organization aims to protect peo-ple from torture, and illegal detentions, to monitor police detention facilities and pris-ons, and to promote rights of margin groups on national and international levels. Sardar has been the Chairperson of the Association of Young Lawyers in Kyrgyzstan, worked with the UNHCR project on refugees, for the Freedom House, Human Rights Defender Support Project in Kyrgyzstan and as a regional coordinator for the Central Asian anti-torture network. He has published on topics including universality of human rights and freedom from violence and torture in Kyrgyzstan. Sardar earned his bachelor’s degree in jurisprudence from the Kyrgyz National University in Bishkek.

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