Kyrgyzstan: Revolution Revisited
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Maksim Kuleshov
Chairman,
Tokmak Human Rights Resources Center
Tokmak


"There have not been too many changes after the revolution. The main problems are judicial, then it is the local government, law enforcement offices and the prosecutor's office. We have shared our experiences with the ombudsman of Chui district [which contains Tokmak]. There are judges in remote regions who treat their job normally. The closer it is to Bishkek, [though,] the more corrupt the judges are. This is more or less how it happens here. As for law enforcement, we did not have access to the detainment center, I wrote a complaint to the prosecutor's office and the police wrote a complaint against me, there was tension and then relations improved."


"We must teach young people in schools and universities to know their rights [so that they] could act in accordance with human rights principles. Also, they should participate in advocacy campaigns. The majority of people do not know what advocacy campaigns are, how to protect their rights through constitutional mechanisms. These are the problems that exist. And the main problem is for local residents to learn how to count money. [F]or example, most people in Tokmak do not want to take part in decision-making in the region, and if the people at the local level do not want to participate in decision-making, then the level [of participation]is low throughout Kyrgyzstan."

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