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08STATE73514 2008-07-09 17:00:00 UNCLASSIFIED Secretary of State
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OSCE PERMANENT COUNCIL: STATEMENT ON NORWEGIAN

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL PHUM OSCE KG
SUBJECT: OSCE PERMANENT COUNCIL: STATEMENT ON NORWEGIAN
HELSINKI COMMITTEE RAID IN BISHKEK



1. Post is authorized to make the following statement at
the July 10, 2008, meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in
Vienna:

Begin Text:

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

The United States joins Norway in expressing its deep concern
about recent actions taken by Kyrgyz authorities against the
Norwegian Helsinki Committee in Bishkek.

According to the OSCE Center in Bishkek, Kyrgyz law
enforcement officials raided the Norwegian Helsinki
Committee,s office on June 9th without presenting a search
warrant or other documents officially authorizing the raid.
Two Committee members may now face charges for operating the
office without proper registration, a process they had been
attempting to complete since January 2007, and could be
subject to administrative sanctions. Further, we understand
that two representatives of Human Rights Watch in Bishkek and
two human rights defenders*Tolekan Ismailova and Aziza
Abdirasulova*may also face charges under Article 364 of the
Administrative Code for obstruction of justice in connection
with the Helsinki Committee raid.

This sort of action leads to an environment of fear and
mistrust for Non-Governmental Organizations and other
international actors operating in Kyrgyzstan. It is
essential for the democratic development of Kyrgyzstan that
civil society be allowed to function freely. We urge
Kyrgyzstan to ensure that these organizations are registered
quickly and transparently and allowed to operate openly,
without intimidation of their staff.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
RICE